Saturday, March 31, 2012

GERARD BUTLER JOINS "MOTOR CITY"! "TWINS" GET "TRIPLETS" SEQUEL WITH EDDIE MURPHY JOINING DANNY DEVITO & ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER! CHARACTER POSTERS FOR "DARK SHADOWS"

You know how sometimes there are those doomed projects which keep getting postponed or keep losing cast members. Today we've heard that Colin Farrell
has left ARTHUR & LANCELOT epic due to scheduling conflict, just when the film was supposed to get back on track, and now MOTOR CITY has been left without Jake Gyllenhaal, who before that replaced Dominic Cooper. But unlike the above mentioned epic this one at least has a solution for the lead role and a worthy one: according to "Variety" Scotland's favourite Gerard Butler will take the lead in MOTOR CITY, an ex-con who goes on a quest for vengeance against the men who framed him and sent him to prison. The cast will be also supported with Gary Oldman in the villain role and Amber Heard in the female lead. Although the plot doesn't sound overly interesting currently, the script was on the famous Black List back in 2009, the list of most promising and intriguing movie scripts.

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And here's something funny and positively cheerful :) You do remember that in the sea of upcoming remakes of the 80's classics (I'm not sure there's a single film from that decade that isn't getting a reboot), there was also TWINS, one of the biggest comedies from the past in which Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito
played twins who looked like total opposites - one being a muscular hulk and another a little penguin. Now listen to this: "The Hollywood Report" writes today that the movie will reunite the two of them as brothers Julius and Vincent, conceived experimentally, who discover they have third sibling, who will be played by no other by Eddie Murphy! I'm not kidding. This is why TRIPLETS will be the title of the sequel.

And have you seen character posters for Tim Burton's movie adaptation of the famous classic TV show DARK SHADOWS in
which Johnny Depp plays Barnabas, rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy, who makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard. A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to his Collinwood Manor to find that the once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called
upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles. Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth's ne'er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller), her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz),
and Roger's precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David's new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.Click on the posters to see them bigger.

Friday, March 30, 2012

TRAILERS FOR "PEOPLE LIKE US" WITH CHRIS PINE, ELIZABETH BANKS, OLIVIA WILDE, MICHELLE PFEIFFER & "THINK LIKE A MAN" COMEDY! CALLAN MULVEY JOINS "300: BATTLE AT ARTEMISIA"

It's a very slow day today in the film news world, people, so I only have two trailers for smaller films to show you today. The first one is for DreamWorks
Pictures drama PEOPLE LIKE US (previously known as WELCOME TO THE PEOPLE), a story about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father's estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father's last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie (Elizabeth Banks) whom he never knew about. As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family, and re-examine his own life choices in the process. The cast also includes Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer and the film hits cinemas this June.
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You know that HOLLYWOOD SPY is excited about the 300 prequel 300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA which will go back ten years in the
past describing the rise of Persian king Xerxes and his battle against Greeks at Artemisia. As you know Australian hunk Sullivan Stapleton has been cast as the Greek general Themistocles, while Eva Green will probably take the role of the evil sorceress Artemisia who convinces Xerxes to go into battle. Rodrigo Santoro will probably return as Xerxes and the new addition to the cast is Australian hunk Callan Mulvey whom my readers from Down Under and a lot of those in Europe remember from our teen years when we watched him as Drazic in famous teen series HEARTBREAK HIGH (which unlike most US teen shows, wasn't crappy nor superficial, but it followed tough life and real problems of kids alienated in today's world).

The second trailer is for THINK LIKE A MAN, a delightful comedy based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man" in which
the story follows four interconnected and diverse men whose love lives are shaken up after the ladies they are pursuing buy Harvey’s book and start taking his advice to heart. When the band of brothers realize they have been betrayed by one of their own, they conspire using the book’s insider information to turn the tables and teach the women a lesson of their own. The cast stars Taraji P. Henson, Morris Chestnut, Arielle Kebbel and always delightful Chris Brown... but it is interesting that the soundtrack to the movie will gather all the biggest r'n'b stars from Ne Yo and Keri Hilson to Luther Vandross, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson and John Legend.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

MINDBLOWING "RISE OF THE GUARDIANS" TRAILER WITH HUGH JACKMAN, JUDE LAW, CHRIS PINE! STUNNING CONCEPT ART FOR "SEVENTH SON" EPIC! JAMIE DORNAN & GILLIAN ANDERSON IN "THE FALL"

If you love the most popular TV show this season, ABC's fantasy spectacle ONCE UPON A TIME, I'm sure you were shocked when the Evil Queen took Sheriff's heart out thus kicking handsome Irish
hunk Jamie Dornan out of the show. The producers say that he might come back in the fantasy part of the show, since he was killed only in the reality part. But until that happens, actor and supermodel Jamie Dornan has another project: according to "Digital Spy" he will join BBC's five part thriller THE FALL, in which X-FILES Gillian Anderson will star as DSI Gibson, a detective in pursuit of a deadly serial killer, while Dornan will play her quarry Paul Sector, who stalks his victims in and around Belfast.

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Check out the amazing concept art for next year's fantasy film SEVENTH SON which has just started shooting. If you click on the picture, you will be able to see the spectacular scope of the visuals and it seems it will be a huge film. Directed by Sergey Bodrov, the film is set in a time long past, where an evil is about to be unleashed reigniting the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is
preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory. In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. Now he has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man's only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son. The cast also includes GAME OF THRONES Kit Harington.

It was only yesterday that we've seen the trailer for HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, and now here's the utterly spectacular and mesmerizing first trailer for another of this year's charming animated films - RISE OF THE GUARDIANS which hits cinemas this
November. The story brings an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost - legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere. The uber cool voice cast includes Hugh Jackman (he's the Bunny, which he is, isn't he? :), Alex Baldwin (as North), Chris Pine (as Jack Frost), Jude Law, Isla Fisher (as Tooth Fairy)...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

CHANNING TATUM & MILA KUNIS IN "JUPITER ASCENDING" SF EPIC? CHARMING TRAILER FOR "HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA"! RUPERT PENRY JONES HAS "THE LAST WEEKEND"! "GARLIC & SAPPHIRES" GETS A FILM

We haven't seen much from the Wachowski Bros. after THE MATRIX but it seems the brother and the sister directors are coming back to the sf genre. According to "Deadline" their next project could be a huge sf film JUPITER
ASCENDING which plot is still kept under wraps but according to the latest news Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis have been offered the lead roles in it. As you know, Channing Tatum is currently a hot good in Hollywood since he had two huge blockbusters back to back THE VOW and now 21 JUMP STREET. The Wachowski's have recently finished their current project CLOUD ATLAS the intricate and complex movie featuring six intertwining story lines set in a different times and places that become intricately related to each other, with actors playing roles in each time. The stories span from the 19th Century to a post apocalyptic 22nd Century.The cast of the film is rather big and filled with well known names from Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Jim Sturgess and Ben Whishaw, to Susan Sarandon, James D'Arcy, Jim Broadbent, Halle Berry...

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I'm not sure if this will be a romcom or some fun film, but I like the sound of it: according to "Deadline" BRIDESMAID's director Paul Feig
might helm the film adaptation of GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES Ruth Reichl’s "New York Times" best-selling book which recounts the “adventures in deception” as the NY Times’ restaurant critic goes undercover to the world’s finest culinary establishments. To go unrecognised, she assumes the persona of a nouveau riche widow. And one of our fave British gents Rupert Penry Jones, has a new project: according to "Digital Spy" he and Shaun Evans will star in THE LAST WEEKEND ITV's suspense thriller which follows two couples with a shared history on holiday in Suffolk over a bank holiday weekend. Evans plays a working class primary school teacher, who made friends with the sporty and privileged Ollie (Penry-Jones) at university. The men's competitive edge, a resurrected old bet and returning sexual tensions result in a horrendous and catastrophic outcome for both couples.

And here it finally is, the first trailer for what could be one of the most charming animated flicks this Autumn - HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA Dracula's (Adam Sandler)
lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. But here's a little known fact about Dracula: he is not only the Prince of Darkness; he is also a dad. Over-protective of his teenage daughter, Mavis, Dracula fabricates tales of elaborate dangers to dissuade her adventurous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Transylvania, where his daughter and some of the world's most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – can kick back in safety and peace.
For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. Beside Sandler, the voice cast includes Fren Drescher, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Cee-Lo...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ED SPELEERS JOINS "DOWNTON ABBEY"! CATE BLANCHETT TO DIRECT HER 1ST FILM "THE TURNING"! MATTHEW MACFADYEN IN "RIPPER STREET"! FABULOUS TRAILER FOR SERBIAN BLOCKBUSTER "LOVELESS ZORITSA"

Here's a nice piece of news for all of you who love planetary megahit series DOWNTON ABBEY, and I know there's a lot of you out there :) According to "Deadline" super charming young actor Ed Speleers has signed on to join the
cast as a footman named Jimmy. You already know that Shirley MacLaine has signed on to join the third season of the show, which is currently in production, as mother to Elizabeth McGovern’s Cora Grantham and a foil for Maggie Smith’s irrepressible Dowager Countess. We remember Ed Speleers mostly for his brilliant role in ERAGON, but for some reason his rival in the film, Garrett Hedlund has scored a bigger success later on in Hollywood even though his role was clearly weaker in the epic fantasy movie from 2006. Speleers will appear this year in horror comedy LOVE BITE about a werewolf who prays only on virgins (I kid you not, that's the plot) alongside another stunner Luke Pasqualino (THE BORGIAS) who recently hid his pride and joy from us with a towel :)

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Our beloved Cate Blanchett hasn't made any nice films for quite some times now, and the only thing to warm our souls is her appearance as Elven queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT this winter, but it seems she will now take a director's chair too: alongside some other Australian stars like Mia Wasikowska and her colleague from LORD OF THE RINGS David Wenham, Blanchett will direct a segment in the film adaptation of THE TURNING, a collection of short stories by Tim Winton. Speaking of British TV series, one of the upcoming ones will be RIPPER STREET at BBC, an eight part series set in 1899 London, in the aftermath of the Jack The Ripper murders, and it will focus on H Division, the notorious police precinct charged with keeping order in Whitechapel. British star Matthew MacFadyen is taking the lead role alongside GAME OF THRONES Jerome Flynn and MyAnna Buring from the TWILIGHT crapfest :)PS A few days ago we saw the first horrid look of Hugh Jackman from the LES MISERABLES, and now you can click to see how Russell Crowe looks like in the film as Inspector Javert.

After brilliant and mindblowingly spectacular epic fantasy TEARS FOR SALE, touching WW1 saga SAINT GEORGE SHOOTS THE DRAGON, delightful soccer film MONTE VIDEO GOD BLESS,here's another
charming Serbian film for you. Currently showing in Serbian cinemas, LOVELESS ZORITSA is a delightful black comedy with fantasy elements following Zoritsa, a village girl who bears an extraordinary curse: Since her first love got mysteriously drawn in the river, men around her die in a strange way. The raged villagers name her "the kiss of death". The case is in the hands of Mane, the stubborn, young, newcomer cop from Belgrade, temporarily working in the "haunted village". Mane doesn't believe in such "mumbo-jumbo" stories.
Soon he will have to face the heavily armed villagers, and he'll also have to answer the crucial question: Is Zoritsa a serial killer or just a girl who yearns for love?

Monday, March 26, 2012

OSCAR ISAAC JOINS TOM FELTON & GLENN CLOSE IN "THERESE RAQUIN"! WARNER BROS. TO ADAPT SF SAGA "FOURTH REALM"! DEEPLY INSPIRING TRAILER FOR "MUSICAL CHAIRS"!

Beside Hugh Jackman's, Russell Crowe's, Anne Hathaway's LES MISERABLES, Helena Bonham Carter's and Ralph Fiennes' GREAT
EXPECTATIONS and Jude Law and Aaron Johnson's ANA KARENINA, one of the upcoming classic novel film adaptations is THERESE RAQUIN as well. As you know it is based on the famous novel by Emile Zola, in which Elizabeth Olsen plays the title character, who is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly first cousin, Camille (Tom Felton), and living with his mother (Glenn Close). She begins an illicit love affair with Camille’s friend Laurent, which leads to a tragic outcome for all three. Now, the latest update from "Deadline" is that Oscar Isaac (ROBIN HOOD, SUCKER PUNCH, AGORA) has won the role of Laurent. It is interesting that Kate Winslet was for a long time set to play the title role, and later on Jessica Biel was in plan together with Gerard Butler as Laurent.

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According to "Deadline" Warner Bros. has bought movie rights on FOURTH REALM trilogy. This fantasy dystopian saga has been written by John Twelve Hawks. The studio will start right away on
"The Traveler", the first book in the series. The novels are set in the near future, and reinterpret history as a battle between the forces of control. There is the Tabula, which manages society through constant observation, and the Travelers, a nearly extinct group of people who can project their spirit into other dimensions. The series continued with the novels "The Dark River" and "The Golden City". They’ve been published in 25 languages and sold more than 1.5 million books. The author is known for being extremely mysterious, nobody knows his real name nor identity and he communicates with publishers and media only by email or by untraceable satellite calls for which he uses a voice scrambler.

We've had a spotlight on delightful and inspiring film yesterday, but here's another deeply inspiring film, the one which can bring hope to your heart and warmth into your souls. Currently in cinemas, MUSICAL CHAIRS is set against the exciting backdrop of competitive ballroom dancing,
following Armando, a Bronx-bred Latino who aspires to be a dancer but whose only way in is as handyman at a Manhattan dance studio, and Mia, an Upper East Side princess who is the studio's star performer. Though worlds apart, their shared passion for dance promises to bring them together until a tragic accident changes Mia's life forever, and she finds herself wheelchair bound at a rehab facility, with her dreams of a dance career shattered. Fortunately, Armando has enough dreams for both of them and, when he hears about a wheelchair ballroom dance competition that will soon be held in NY, he sees a way to return something to Mia that she thinks is lost forever. At first she is reluctant, wheelchair dancing, though highly popular overseas, is something she never even knew existed. But, with the help of several other patients at the rehab center, Armando organizes an intense training program that will bring them all center stage and in the spotlight. The prize is irrelevant; what they really stand to win back is their zest for life.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

SPRING 2012 DELIGHTFUL FILMS: "HYSTERIA" WITH HUGH DANCY, MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL & RUPERT EVERETT, "NOW IS GOOD" WITH DAKOTA FANNING & JEREMY IRVINE

Since you know HOLLYWOOD SPY fights for positive and heart warming films instead of the dark and morbid ones we are bombarded with these days, today I present you with a spotlight on some of the most delightful films waiting to premier this spring: the ones which will brings us either laughs, tears or inspiration.
DELIGHTFUL HYSTERIA
One of the delightful films I've mentioned before will finally premier this May and it is HYSTERIA, set in 19th century London where Dr. Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) is torn between the “proper” doctor’s staid and
static world of success and acceptance and a more progressive and fulfilling, but frowned upon, experience. Tossed out for his forward-thinking ideas by the medical establishment, Granville finds a position with Dr. Robert Dalrymple, a highly respected and successful doctor, with a very popular private practice specializing in treating women diagnosed with Hysteria. Indeed, the good doctor’s waiting room is never quiet. In his new position, Dalrymple finds Granville a proper suitor for his beloved daughter Emily, the epitome of “English virtue and womanliness,” with her lovely face, demure manner and artistic and intellectual accomplishments, but it is the elder daughter Charlotte (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a firebrand
social reformer, arguing passionately for women’s rights to be educated, vote, and live independent lives that secretly excites him. Although Granville is somewhat shocked by Charlotte’s lack of propriety, he feels kinship with her conviction to help those in need. They snipe at each other’s views, but he earns her grudging respect when he treats a poor settlement house woman with a broken ankle. This is a romantic comedy wrapped around the surprising story of the first electro-mechanical vibrator, invented by happen stance at a time when the very peak of Victorian prudishness coincided with the dawn of the electrical age. The cast also includes Rupert Everett, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones... PS DO NOT MISS THE END OF THE TRAILER :)

CHARMING "NOW IS GOOD"
Ready to open up in cinemas May 25th is a heart warming drama NOW IS GOOD in which young Dakota Fanning plays Tessa who is seventeen and
passionate about life. Diagnosed with a terminal illness, she determines to use every moment, compiling a catalogue of what normal teenager would experience, including losing her virginity and taking drugs. With the help of her friend, she sets the list in motion. And while her parents and brother each deals with their fear of losing her in their own way, Tessa explores a whole new world, determined to live every day as intensely as possible. Falling in love with Adam (Jeremy Irvine), her new neighbor, wasn't on the list, but it proves to be the most exhilarating experience of them all.
DID YOU KNOW? Scoring huge role in Spielberg's WAR HORSE, young Jeremy Irvine will appear this year in  GREAT EXPECTATIONS and then next year in WW2 epic THE RAILWAY MAN next to Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman

Saturday, March 24, 2012

TEASER FOR SAOIRSE RONAN'S SF FILM "THE HOST"! GAEL GARCIA BERNAL, USHER, AL PACINO IN "HANDS OF STONE"! HUGH DANCY IN NBC'S "HANNIBAL" TV SHOW

 All of you who liked SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and other films on Hannibal Lecter will probably watch HANNIBAL TV show which is being prepared over at NBC. Their television adaptation of RED DRAGON novel by Thomas Harris will have a story revolving around the budding relationship between FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The new update is that always delightful Hugh Dancy has been now cast for the role of Will Graham, while Lecter is yet to be found. The show is being produced by Bryan Fuller most famous for PUSHING DAISIES. We've seen Dancy before in ELISABETH I, CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC, ELLA ENCHANTED, KING ARTHUR. He is also known as the husband of Claire Danes.

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One of the upcoming films which has been getting quite an interesting cast is definitely HANDS OF STONE, set for 2013, a story which will follow the life of boxing legend Roberto Duran, who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16-year-old and retired in 2002 at age 50 losing only a few fights in his whole career. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard to capture the WBC welterweight title but shocked
the boxing world by returning to his corner in the November rematch, saying 'no mas' (no more). Their fight is considered one of the greatest mysteries in the boxing history. Now listen to this: Gael Garcia Bernal will play Duran, r'n'b star Usher is set to play Leonard, Al Pacino will play his trainer, while TRUE BLOOD star Ryan Kwanten will play one of Duran's English rivals in the ring.

Your trailer for today, my little freaks, is the first teaser for the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's THE HOST.  Coming to cinemas
in a year (March 2013) the film brings a sf story in which our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed. When Melanie, one of the few remaining wild humans is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading soul who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. The lead roles are portrayed by Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons (who was shockingly horrid in RED RIDING HOOD) alongside Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt.

Friday, March 23, 2012

TONI COLLETTE IN "ALFRED HITCHCOCK & THE MAKING OF PSYCHO"! ADAM LEVINE JOINS "AMERICAN HORROR STORY"! OLIVIA WILDE RETURNS TO "HOUSE"! SEBASTIAN STAN MAD HATTER IN "ONCE UPON A TIME"! NEW FILM ON ORWELL'S "1984"

 First I have a slate of casting news for you today, people: ultra talented Toni Collette has joined Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND THE MAKING OF PSYCHO which will follow the director's making of the famous horror film. The cast, in which Toni plays Hitchcock's assistant, also includes Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins. Meanwhile, Akiva Goldsman's complex fantasy film WINTER'S TALE set in the 19th century and following a thief who breaks into a Manhattan mansion and falls in love with the heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay from DOWNTON ABBEY) just before she dies, but then discovers he has the gift of reincarnation, and becomes determined to bring her back to life, now has Aaron Johnson and Garrett Hedlund competing for the lead role, while Will Smith and Russell Crowe are already in the cast of this film mixing reality and fantasy.

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I have a few television news for you today as well. First of all, it seems that after Dylan McDermott, who loved taking off his shirt in the show, AMERICAN HORROR STORY will get another famous nudist :) Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine is set to join the second season of the FX's creepy show which follows people living in strange and terrifying houses. Adam will play a contemporary character and half of a couple referred to as "The Lovers", while Zachary Quinto and Jessica Lange are set to return as well but in different roles from the first season. So, people, tell me how much you love ABC's megahit show ONCE UPON A TIME? I know you adore it like moi :) It seems that this Sunday the show will get its first guest star - Sebastian Stan, from CAPTAIN AMERICA and GOSSIP GIRL, who will play "Alice in Wonderland's" Mad Hatter. The episode will describe
how the Hatter became Mad, and his Storybrooke counterpart will also do some mad things like kidnapping Emma (Jennifer Morrison).

In another piece of TV news, super hot Olivia Wilde will return to HOUSE in the series finale. It is not known how exactly she will be brought into the story, since House has relieved her from her work and the show, but she is coming back for the final episode in May. When it comes to movie adaptations of legendary books, it seems George Orwell's famous novel 1984 will be made into a Ron Howard and Brian Grazer movie. The classic novel takes place in a dystopian society in a perpetual state of war, which in turn leads to a state of paranoia. It follows Winston Smith, who works for a government branch called the Ministry of Truth, where he alters facts and histories but secretly harbors desires of rebellion (as well as desires of a forbidden love affair).

Thursday, March 22, 2012

DYNAMIC TRAILER FOR "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME"! "THE RED STAR" COMIC FANTASY FILM! DRAGON "SLAYER" FILM FROM MARTIN HELGELAND! DRAGON EGG ON "GAME OF THRONES" POSTER

It seems we shall have a fantasy day at HOLLYWOOD SPY today, people. According to "The Hollywood Reporter", Martin Helgeland, the son of famous
screenwriter Brian Helgeland, has sold his fantasy script for a movie called SLAYER to Legendary Pictures. The story is set in modern day, and centres on a doctor whose father recently passed away. He discovers that his estranged dad was actually a slayer of dragons and other evil creatures, and comes to learn that he must also become a slayer. Martin's bigshot daddy will off course produce the flick. Speaking of dragons, check out the second poster for GAME OF THRONES season two focusing on a dragon egg and Daenerys Targaryen's bid for the Iron Throne.

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One of the films I've mentioned last year, and you were rather excited
about it, is the movie adaptation of THE RED STAR comic which has just gotten its director: as "Deadline" claims, Josh Trank, who's just had a hit with sf film CHRONICLE will helm it. The film will be set in an alternate Russia which touts highly advanced futuristic technology along with magical elements. The story centers around a Russian soldier and his wife who get caught in the middle of a war between his country and a former Russian leader. The comic book has sold millions of copies around the world so far. One of Josh Trank's future projects also includes the reboot of THE FANTASTIC FOUR.

And to finish in sf tone, here's a rather dynamic and action packed trailer for BATTLESTAR GALACTICA prequel titled BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD AND CHROME a pilot for a spin-off TV series which
should air sometime this year at SyFy. The story takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, a sentient robotic race, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a brash rookie viper pilot enters the fray. Ensign William Adama, barely in his 20's and a recent Academy graduate, finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet... the Galactica. The talented but hot-headed risk-taker soon finds himself leading a dangerous top secret mission that, if successful, will turn the tide of the decade long war in favour of the desperate fleet. The lead role
is played by young Luke Pasqualino, who is currently playing the charming stableboy in THE BORGIAS. And as my ladies can see from the pic, he's a bit of a stud himself :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

IDRIS ELBA AS EGYPTIAN PHARAOH IN "ASCENSION" MINI SERIES! 1ST PIC OF CW'S "GREEN ARROW"! TRAILER FOR KATE HUDSON'S "A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN"! "RODDENBERRY'S "DAYS MISSING" SF TV SHOW? TARSEM HELMS "EYE IN THE SKY"?

 Oh, my, well this certainly is a delicious piece of news: according to "Deadline" Idris Elba could take a role in unusual and complex miniseries ASCENSION which will mix epic history and fantastic
future. The story of the mini series revolves around the history and future of astronomy and mankind’s impulse for the stars. Idris Elba is considering a potential double role in the project, as the Egyptian polymath Imhotep in 3000 B.C. as well as a brilliant astronomer in the near future. Meanwhile, "Collider" reports that IMMORTALS and MIRROR MIRROR director Tarsem might helm EYE IN THE SKY, a gripping international thriller that follows a group of characters around the globe as they are each impacted by the decision to drop a drone missile on a house in East Africa. The film is supposed to have amazing 62 roles!
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Today you can also check out the first picture of Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen or THE GREEN ARROW in CW's upcoming new super hero show, about a
former billionaire playboy who, after being marooned for five years on a remote island, returns with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses to fight a war on crime. According to "MovieWeb" after STAR TREK we might get another Gene Roddenberry project soon: his DAYS MISSING might be turned into a TV show or a film trilogy. It brings an accounting of extraordinary 24-hour periods of time that have changed the course of humanity's evolution, but have been erased from human memory by a mystical and ancient being known as The Steward. These "days ,
missing" recorded in the annals of The Steward's library, represent a lost human history that explains much more about who we are than we ever knew. PS and click to see the first look of Hugh Jackman in LES MISERABLES, but only and ONLY if you have guts for it - you won't believe what they did to him, you won't! I dare not look upon it again.

When it comes to trailers, you can check out the first clip for A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN, which premiers May 4th and stars Kate
Hudson in a role a bit more serious than we are used from her. A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN is a love story set in New Orleans about an irreverent young woman who unexpectedly falls in love with her doctor. Marley Corbett (Kate Hudson) is young, beautiful, and wildly funny, but she's afraid of opening herself up to true love and commitment. Though she uses her humor to prevent matters from getting serious, a life-changing visit to her doctor (Gael Garcia Bernal) sends both of them on an eye-opening adventure of mutual discovery, leading to revelations neither thought possible. The cast also includes Whoopi Goldberg and Kathy Bates.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

HOLLYWOOD SPY'S BEST ACTORS WHO'VE NEVER WON AN OSCAR ARE JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS, TONI COLLETTE, GLENN CLOSE AND EWAN MCGREGOR!

We've been choosing the best actors who've never won an Oscar for three months now, and the winners of the last round are here: Jonathan Rhys Meyers (25%), Toni Collette (19%), Glenn Close (16%) and Ewan McGregor (16%).
SENSUAL JONATHAN
Stunningly charismatic Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been around for quite some time, but his breakthrough was the mesmerizing role of king Henry in the worldwide famous series THE TUDORS. I personally adored his breathtaking roles as king Philip of France in THE LION IN WINTER next to Glenn Close and Patrick Stewart, and his haunting role in THE EMPEROR'S WIFE, his naughty role in MATCH POINT, his deeply touching role in Chinese epic THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI, his role in TITUS. Come to think of it, these are all some of my favourite movies ever, so I strongly recommend them to you. We've also seen him in ALEXANDER, VANITY FAIR, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS .... We've seen him next to Glenn Close again in ALBERT NOBBS. The two of them have never won an Oscar! Never!

DIVINE COLLETTE
Toni Collette is larger than life. We knew that from the first time we saw her in the cult Australian film MURIEL'S WEDDING in which she gave the most intelligent portrayal of a girl captured in the world
which constantly puts her down. She was also absolutely flawless playing devoted mothers in unusual situations in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and THE SIXTH SENSE, we also loved her in EVENING, THE DEAD GIRL, IN HER SHOES, THE HOURS, but she amazed us mostly with her charismatic portrayal of a mother with multiple personalities in UNITED STATES OF TARA. The role is one of those profound and multi layered ones which can be tackled only by the most talented of actors. Toni Collette did it so flawlessly and with such stunning ease that she basically made television history with it securing herself a spot among the best living actresses. Toni was nominated for an Oscar two times, has six awards from Australian Film Institute, one Emmy and a Golden Globe, and believe it or not, but she had a fling with the above mentioned Jonathan Rhys Meyers before she married her hubs :)

QUEEN GLENN
Glenn Close was nominated six times for Oscars, but has never won a single one. Never. Yes, you heard it right - never! It's true that sometimes she had a misfortune of having strong rivals, like this year, when equally amazing Meryl Streep stole the show, but how on Earth could she go without
getting an Oscar for her legendary roles in HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS (it's my favourite of her work, the role of a quiet sister in the sweeping saga next to Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas), in DANGEROUS LIAISONS (nobody could've done the role better than her), in the EVENING (in which she played both with Meryl Streep and Toni Collette), in PARADISE ROAD (do you remember her stunning role in the story of a group of women who are imprisoned on the island of Sumatra by the Japanese during World War II?), and in HAMLET (next to Kenneth Branagh and Kate Winslet as the most magnificent queen Gertrude). I myself loved her best as Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine in the best mini series ever LION IN WINTER (in which she played next to Patrick Stewart and the above mentioned Jonathan Rhys Meyers).

PERFECT EWAN
Believe it or not, one of the most talented and the most adorable actors ever Ewan McGregor has also never won an Oscar, but wait, listen to this, he was never even nominated! I kid you not! Never! Not for his
legendary, ground breaking, soul shaking, heart warming, mind blowing performance in utterly divine MOULIN ROUGE (in which he also sang with his mesmerizing, heartfelt voice), not for his recent, brilliant work in BEGGINERS and PERFECT SENSE, not for YOUNG ADAM, BIG FISH and NORA in which he played James Joyce, not for EYE OF THE BEHOLDER nor VELVET GOLDMINE, nor STAY. And to make things even worse, his best friend, Jude Law, the two of them being two of the most talented actors under 50 in the world, has not received an Oscar either. Am I crazy, do I have a bad taste or lack of judgement, or is the Academy just a rotten nest which gives out awards mostly to their undeserving pets?

BEST TV HUNKS
Leaving serious topics aside, next month we shall go for something more eye pleasing and much more teasing :) We will be choosing BEST TV HUNK among the shows which have been shining in season 2011/2012. So, here are the candidates and vote on as much as you like: John Hamm (MAD MEN), Jason O'Mara (TERRA NOVA), Dylan McDermott (AMERICAN HORROR STORY), Bradley James (MERLIN), Josh Dallas (ONCE UPON A TIME), Liam McIntyre (SPARTACUS VENGEANCE), Jim Caviezel (PERSON OF INTEREST), Damian Lewis (HOMELAND), Andrew Lincoln (THE WALKING DEAD), Kit Harington (GAME OF THRONES), David Oakes (THE BORGIAS).

TRAILERS FOR KATHLEEN TURNER'S "THE PERFECT FAMILY" & JESSEE MCCARTNEY'S "CHERNOBYL DIARIES". MICKEY ROURKE IS THE DEVIL IN "DEAD IN TOMBSTONE" MERLE RETURNS TO "THE WALKING DEAD"

One of the films I've reported about a couple of times last year, since it was shot here in Serbia, CHERNOBYL DIARIES has finally released its first trailer.
Coming from Oren Peli, the director of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, and premiering this May, the story of this horror film revolves around a group of young friends who find themselves stranded in the abandoned Russian town of Pripyat, near the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site, and they discover they are not alone. I'm guessing they've chosen Serbia's capital Belgrade to shot the film there since it still has countless ruins left after the Americans have bombarded one of the biggest cities in that part of the Europe turning centuries old buildings, bridges, schools, houses and monuments into rubble and dust quicker than any nuclear catastrophe would do it. The cast of the film is lead by handsome pop star Jesse McCartney.

HOLLYWOOD SPY HEADLINES
It seems that after playing evil king Hyperion in worldwide blockbuster IMMORTALS last year, Mickey Rourke is planning to continue in the same manner: he will appear in action western DEAD IN TOMB
STONE which follows Guerrero Hernandez (Danny Trejo), the leader of a Mexican group of outlaws who is double-crossed by his half-brother (Anthony Michael Hall) while trying to break him out of prison. One year later, Hernandez makes a deal with the Devil (Mickey Rourke) to be resurrected so he can seek revenge on his half-sibling, in a town fittingly named Tombstone. The shooting starts next week. Speaking of the unholy beings, "Deadline" reports that comic book GRAVEL will get its movie adaptation: it follows William Gravel, a soldier in the British S.A.S. who uses his skills in dark magic to moonlight and battle supernatural beings for clients in order to make some extra cash. Meanwhile, interesting piece of news for the fans of THE WALKING DEAD, which just finished its second season with a shocking finale, is that Daryl's brother
Merle is coming back in the 3rd season. As you remember they've left him handcuffed on top of a building and he cut off his hand in order to escape the zombies. It's not known if he will appear as a zombie or maybe as a member of a new survivor settlement lead by the new character, evil Governor, who will bring trouble to our heroes in the Fall
run of the show. The Michonne woman, who appeared in the finale, an utterly crazy woman wielding a katana (she lead two zombies on a chain, apparently her boyfriends whom she cut off arms and jaws so that they couldn't bite her after they've become zombies), played by Danai Gurira, has been officially added to the third season cast as well, and will become a regular.

And to brighten the horror day a bit :) here's the first trailer for dramatic comedy THE PERFECT FAMILY in which it seems that Kathleen Turner will again play something similar to her legendary SERIAL
MOM. She plays a suburban mother and devout Catholic Eileen Cleary who has always kept up appearances. When she runs for the Catholic Woman of the Year title at her local parish, an award she has coveted for years, her final test is introducing her family to the board for the seal of approval. Now she must finally face the nonconformist family she has been glossing over for years. Her gay daughter, Shannon (Emily Deschanel), a successful lawyer, is about to marry her life partner Angela (Angelique Cabral). Her unhappily married son Frank Jr. (Jason Ritter) is cheating on his wife with the local manicurist. And Eileen's own marriage to a recovered alcoholic is pulling at the seams.... The film is out this May.