Monday, January 13, 2014

STARZ TO MAKE 'THE WHITE PRINCESS' SEQUEL TO 'THE WHITE QUEEN' WITHOUT BBC. MERYEM UZERLI TO PLAY 17TH CENTURY SULTANA KOSEM MAHPEYKER IN NEW TURKISH HISTORICAL TV SAGA! 'OUTLANDER' EPIC SHOW TRAILER IS HERE!

MERYEM UZERLI TO LEAD NEW
EPIC SHOW ON KOSEM SULTANA
Earlier last year I spotlighted brilliant Turkish historical show THE MAGNIFICENT CENTURY on Sultan Suleyman, and now it seems that we will be getting another similar series: stunning beauty and ultra talented actress Meryem Uzerli, who played Suleyman's wife Hurem Sultana in the show, will now, according to gossips coming from Istanbul, play the lead role in the new Turkish series on KOSEM SULTANA coming from TIMS studios which made the previous series too.
DEZZY'S HISTORY LESSON
Kosem Sultana, also known as Mahpeyker Sultana (the name means Moon Shaped), was one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history, favourite consort and later wife of Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I  from the early 17th century. She achieved power and influenced the politics of the Ottoman Empire through her husband, then through her sons Murad IV and Ibrahim I and finally through her grandson Mehmed IV.  She was a prominent figure during the Sultanate of Women (which started with the rule of Hurem Sultana). She was official regent twice and was thereby one of only two women to have been formal rulers of the Ottoman Empire. She came to the sultan's palace in Istanbul as a 15 year old slave girl, but quickly became influential in the harem. It is believed that in the end she was killed by her own daughter in law, sultana Turhan, because she wanted to put another of her grandsons on the throne. K√∂sem was renowned for her charity work and for freeing her slaves after 3 years of service.

'THE WHITE PRINCESS' SEQUEL
 TO 'THE WHITE QUEEN' TO BE MADE AT STARZ WITHOUT BBC
In other news from our favourite historical genre, Starz has announced their work on the follow up series to THE WHITE QUEEN drama. Although BBC, which co-produced the show with Starz last year, decided not to give the show the second season due to low quality of the first one (confusing, chaotic script, unfocused characters, bad sets and costumes) and the lack of the success among the viewers, Starz will venture into the project alone since the reception in USA was better and Rebecca Ferguson even scored a Golden Globe nomination for her role of the queen.  The sequel will most probably be based on Philippa Gregory's novel THE WHITE PRINCESS which follows the rule of THE WHITE QUEEN's daughter, who will later on become the mother of infamous King Henry VIII. It was also announced this weekend that Starz expects for their upcoming historical show OUTLANDER to get second season as well, and that Steven De Knight's sf show INCURSION, a sf saga about an intergalactic war, will happen in the future. The second season of their DA VINCI'S DEMONS will start at the end of March. Speaking of OUTLANDER, you can check out the first teaser trailer for the historical adventure series below:

55 comments:

  1. I love that they're doing so many historical films and series. They can be quite lush, both in story and in costuming and locale.

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    1. yes, especially the Turkish one - they're so lavish and lush that you just cannot stop watching them!

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  2. Very interesting sounding films. Also just have to say Phwooooaaaaar at both of these lovely ladies!

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    1. Meryem is truly breathtaking and she is also an outstandingly expressive and charming actress

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  3. Ooh, it's powerful women's day on the Spy today. :))

    I love the Outlander clip! Looks like they are getting the tone right for the story.

    And I will await your report on the Golden Globes dresses. I have a favorite, but I'll wait to see what you put up (later?).

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    1. I just couldn't resist writing about my dear Meryem :)
      You know I hated WHITE QUEEN, but hopefully WHITE PRINCESS will be better (not optimistic since the same writer is penning the script).
      Will have Golden Globe Fashion report tomorrow, didn't have time to collect and edit all the pics today :)

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  4. When I was a teenager I learned a lot about history by watching movies. Other students wondered how I got to know so much, but in reality I was sitting in front of the screen all the time :-)

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    1. You know, there's a truth about that, but sadly, unlike the old ones, modern movies and shows, not to mention the news channels, love to change history the way they like, so it ain't safe for the kids to learn about history from them :)

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  5. good morning to the ladies... and to you... is purple the same as lavender?

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  6. Imagine really falling through time?

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    1. Wouldn't mind it, can't be any worse than current reality :)

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    2. I would like to go but then click my shoes to get straight back, at any moment.

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    3. That would be nice, although I don't think I'd return if the trip was into future

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    4. The future would be fine, but they'd have to kill all the politicians and leaders of countries first. And then most of the celebrities. And then most of the corporate heads would have to die as well. Jesus, that's a lot of killing to do :)

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    5. yes, dahlink, maybe a carefully focused tornado could solve the problem? Aimed at the presidential palaces and corporate buildings? :) And banks! And Miley Curys house :)

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    6. You guys are too much. I just want to go back to my Mamam's farm and bake with her, then zap back in a flash.

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    7. It's nice having nice baking memories from the childhood, I have them not, sadly, but I can imagine how nice it is, Ivy

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  7. The only thing I liked about the White Queen was seeing Edward naked and randy. That's it. The pacing was way off/rushed. I hated the fact that the storyline could jump a year in just one episode. I actually never even finished it. Got fed up about episode 8.

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    1. And Irons was truly horrible in it, like he is in all of his projects. Some other actresses in it were also overly dramatic. It got better towards the end, but not enough for you to ever fall in love with it or to get attached to the characters in any way. And costumes were just awful.

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    2. Yes. All of the above. Irons is just eye-candy and that's it (for me at least).

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  8. What No BBC!
    What will Starz ever do?
    Have a great day Dezzy!

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    1. It's an intergalactic shock :) It is....

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  9. Lovely films, lovely ladies...lovely post!

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    1. thanks for the lovely comment, Phil :)

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  10. I enjoyed your history lesson, again. The Kosem Sultana sounded like one strong woman!

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    1. Life wasn't always easy for sultanas, given that most of them came to the palace as slaves thinking their lives were over.

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  11. OUTLANDER great trailer , and great look Dezmond .
    Cheers .

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  12. it should be a fun mix of history and adventure, Vincent

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  13. I started to record The White Queen, but once I heard the negative reviews, deleted them all, so I never caught any. I probably won't catch the spin off either.

    And YES! You should get a Pinterest. You could drive traffic here with all those sexy celeb pics you are so great at putting in each post!

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    1. You didn't miss much, sister, it was a bad show.
      I might get a Pinterest one of these days... depending on my mood :)

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  14. I am sure it will come out great.

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  15. I didn't know any of this history darling. Me is so very surprised to find a woman so far in the past and especially in that place wielding so much power. It takes a peculiar mix of beauty, brains and sex to pull that one off.

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    1. famous Hurem Sultana started the 'sultanate of women' by carefully influencing and controlling the rule with her wit and female charms, and then she taught her daughter in law Nurbanu Sultana how to do it too, and she then became the first sultana to officially rule the empire.

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  16. wow, Kosem Sultana sounds like a remarkable woman.

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    1. should be a mega interesting series, especially since she actually came from my parts of the Balkans :)

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  17. Meryem is beautiful, and thank you for the history lesson.

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  18. Excellent and intriguing history lesson. I love hearing about powerful women. I'd love to see this series as well as the previous one.

    I can't wait for Outlander! It is one of my favorite books.

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    1. I really wish you people in USA could see MAGNIFICENT CENTURY, in its later seasons it good way further in quality than any of the US epic shows.

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  19. Thanks you for the historical background! Very interesting!

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. those history lessons are always fun :)

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  20. I hope The White Princess is better than that drivel The White Queen. Bad actors and writing, wrong locations, inaccurate costumes, etc, it wasn't good. The only character who was accurate to history on there was Richard lll, the rest of them were archetypal characters. They were either just good or perfect or evil. Just ridicoulous.

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    1. You can find a post with newer updates and casting for WHITE PRINCESS at HOLLYWOOD SPY.

      And, yes, agreed fully, WHITE QUEEN was an utter mess with some horrid acting (Irons and that lady that went overly theatrical playing the mother of future king Henry Tudor). Rebecca had overly modern expressions for a medieval role

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  21. They all looked modern, especially Edward with his short haircut, when the real Edward had long dark hair (which looks better for me personally than just plain old short hair). Rebecca is pretty but she doesn't look like Elizabeth with her facial features (look at her portrait), nor does she act like her. Elizabeth wasn't a naive commoner girl, she was very haughty, smart, and ambitious. This series made her look all innocent and made her use witchcraft to justify her actions, which is totally unrealistic and stupid. I think Amanda Hale was all over the place with her acting and could've done better. I have a question. What did you think of the costumes?

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    1. if I remember correctly, it was long time ago, the costumes were uninspired and often repetitive which is not something you'd expect from an epic show. I totally forgot they were using magic in it, that was so weird and unnecessary

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    2. Sorry I didn't know you forgot. I was just wondering because everyone seemed to think the costumes were so beautiful and sumptuous. Hahahaha! Those costumes looked so cheap and were modern inspired. The clothing they wore in the 15th century looked better than what they wore on there. I hated that they didn't wear them. The gown I thought was awful the most was Anne's green gown. She kept wearing it over and over again and it was getting annoying. Jacquettas blue gown she wore at the coronation was the only and best accurate one of the period that I liked.

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