Thursday, October 31, 2013

'THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX' FANTASY ADVENTURE TRAILER WITH ANEURIN BARNARD, IOAN GRUFFUDD, SAM NEIL, LENA HEADEY! 'THE ROAD STREWN WITH ROSES' HISTORICAL FILM ON SERBIAN PRINCESS OLIVERA! 'STAR BLAZERS' SF MOVIE ADAPTATION

THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX
ANEURIN BARNARD, LENA HEADEY, IOAN GRUFFUDD
A month or so ago I've introduced you to fantasy adventure THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX which has been sold for US distribution and should hit cinemas sometime soon and now you can check out the first trailer too. The 25$ million epic has an epic cast with Michael Sheen, Ioan Gruffudd, Sam Neill, Lena Headey and Aneurin Barnard! Ancient mysteries, powerful evil, and a fearless hero's quest through a fantastical realm of steam-powered wonders and sinister magic: seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi's life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. Following a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, Mariah discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artefact that grants limitlesswealth - but also devastating supernatural power. With the fate of his world, and his family at stake, Mariah will risk everything to unravel the Curse of the Midas Box!

STAR BLAZERS
SF MOVIE ADAPTATION!
Deadline reports that space set 1970's television animated series STAR BLAZERS will be turned into a live action movie franchise in the vein of STAR WARS and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, which it originally had preceded on TV. To be produced by Skydance Productions, it will be set in a future in which Earth’s atmosphere has been obliterated by a distant alien race, and the survivors have one year before radiation will reach their underground refuge and wipe out the human race. The survivors get a shot of hope in the form of alien technology that can deliver a small crew across the universe and back with the means to stave off extinction.

THE PATH STREWN WITH ROSES
 MOVIE ON THE INSPIRING DESTINY OF SERBIAN PRINCESS OLIVERA DESPINA
Now, here's something historical which you probably won't be able to see around the world, but the story is interesting. A television movie THE PATH STREWN WITH ROSES is a Serbian project which mixes live action scenes with documentary narration. The movie describes the tragic, and yet deeply inspiring, destiny of famous Serbian princess Olivera, also known as Olivera Despina. After her father King Lazar was killed at the famous Kosovo battle in 1389, in which the Serbian army was trying to fend of the Turkish invasion, Serbian Queen Milica was forced to marry her daughter to new Turkish Sultan Bayezid. Even though the Turkish army has destroyed her country and killed her father, her cousins, her grandfather and countless Serbian soldiers, Olivera had to marry Bayezid in order to prevent the further destruction of her land and as a pledge of peace between her Lazarevic dynasty and the Ottoman dynasty. Deeply honouring her sacrifice, the people of Serbia had covered the roads that Olivera travelled through on her way to sultan's court with roses.
But when she got to the sultan's palace, the sultan, who was supposed to be her enemy, actually fell deeply in love with gentle, wise and profound princess Olivera making her his new wife and his favourite in the harem. She remained there for 12 years, managing to save her own country and to win over the heart of the man whose father has destroyed her family and her homeland. Even though she was married to the Turkish sultan she never converted to Islam remaining a Christian till her death. She had a great influence on the sultan, which helped her people, country, and family survive the turbulent times. In the Battle of Ankara in 1402, Olivera and Bayezid were captured by Mongol Khan Tamerlane. Legends say that in his love Bayezid couldn't stand seeing Olivera in captivity and he died from a broken heart. After his death, princess Olivera was actually released by Khan Tamerlane who  had a deep respect for her brother Despot Stefan, the ruler of Serbia, and she then spent the rest of her life at her brother's court in Serbia doing charity work, opening schools and hospitals deeply valued and respected by her people for her self-sacrifice and modesty.

44 comments:

  1. Happy Halloween Dezzy!
    STAR BLAZERS might work.

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    1. Thanks, Dave, we don't have Halloween here, but I hope you will enjoy the festive fun today :)

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    2. I have kids so I get to be the official candy tester!

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    3. testing more than just one sample I presume :P

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  2. I am giving you a virtual holiday of Halloween and all the virtual candy you can carry... just have to knock on the door and say TRICK'RTREAT...

    Oh, CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX... looks interesting.

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  3. Interesting notes on the Roses Story ~

    Happy day Dezzy (I will eat the chocolates for you) ~

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    1. It is such a touching story, Grace!
      Please do :) Chocolate gives me pimples :)

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  4. THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX Great trailer !n I like this actor Aneurin Barnard . Cheers
    And Happy Halloween ;)

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    1. he's a nice actor, he was over in Belgium, yes, shooting WHITE QUEEN last year :)

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  5. The Midas Box Movie looks like tons of fun.

    And what a wonderful story about your Serbian Princess. I would like to see that.

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    1. it is a very inspiring story, isn't it? Especially for you writers! We have tones of such touching and deeply inspiring stories from history because we spent 500 years under ruthless Turkish invasion. They for example had a custom of taking little baby sons from Serbian mothers, and then raising them in military conditions over in Turkey and training them to become bloodthirsty janissaries who would, after growing up in military, come back to Serbia to pillage their own villages and even kill their own mothers and families (for which they would not know that they were theirs)...

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    2. That is terrible. But, wow, I'm taking notes. You just inspired a tempting story for me to write.

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    3. there is no end to the tragic stories of my people, and they all wait to be told to the outer world who would probably have a better understanding of these regions if they would only know at least some of them....

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    4. the story of princess Olivera's mother, legendary queen Milica, is also very tragic. At the Kosovo battle, she didn't just lose her husband King Lazar, but also her father, famous duke Bogdan, and his nine sons, nine legendary princes brothers - Milica's own brothers, and also countless other members of her court. And she didn't even have time to mourn them, because she had to take the rule in her hands and save the country by negotiating with the Turks and giving her youngest daughter Olivera to the sultan. Her little son Stefan, Olivera's brother, was only a child then, and would later take on the rule as Turkish vassal.

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    5. Interesting stories Dezzy ~

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    6. glad you stopped to read them, Grace!

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  6. The Curse of the Midas Box looks really good!

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  7. The Midas box does look good. Not only will my daughter like it because Mariah is her name, but British accents always get her going. Win Win!

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    1. we do love British accent :) Which I use myself :)

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    2. Ha! When I'm writing, I always talk in a British accent. It's how I hear my characters all day long. :P

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    3. 'tis the only accent I accept to use :) My students sometimes protest, because most of today's kids prefer American accent... but you don't really argue with My Imperial Highness :)

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    1. we don't have it here, Adam, but thanks. Hope you and Daisy will go Trick or Treating tonight :)

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  9. It looks like you did get your revenge Dezzy. Not one piece of eye candy on your blog for me on all Hollow's Eve. :(

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    1. yes, I'm still vomiting from that stale piece of horrid licorice you've left for us at your place :)

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  10. The Curse of The Midas Box looks GREAT! Looking forward to seeing it and the lovely Sam Neil from Down Under :)

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    1. it has such a lovely cast, doesn't it?

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  11. The Path Strewn with Roses sounds the most interesting to me. Figures. It probably won't see the light of day in the U.S.

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    1. it won't, it's just a small TV movie, never even played here in cinemas, but I posted it because the story is deeply intriguing and people should learn more about history of these regions

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  12. Thanks for sharing the history. Fascinating.

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    1. Hope you collected enough candy this holiday :)

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  14. I'm all for steampunk :)

    Princess Olivera sounds inspirating. Thanks for sharing her story Dez.

    .......dhole

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    1. glad you liked her story, Donnzie, it is really intriguing

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  15. The Curse of the Midas Box looks like a fun and exciting movie. Thanks for sharing it with us, Dezzy!

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