Tuesday, September 30, 2014

1ST IMAGES & TRAILER FROM LAVISH RUSSIAN HISTORICAL TV SERIES 'CATHERINE THE GREAT' WITH YULIA SNIGIR! JEWEL HEIST TV SHOW 'LAST PANTHERS' WITH SAMANTHA MORTON, JOHN HURT! RUTGER HAUER JOINS JOSHUA SASSE, JOHN STAMOS, RICKY GERVAIS, HUGH BONNEVILLE IN 'GALAVANT' EPIC SERIES!

'CATHERINE THE GREAT'
LAVISH HISTORICAL TV SERIES
You know, Scandinavians have VIKINGS, Italians have BORGIAS, Brits have TUDORS, so why wouldn't dear mother Russia have her own epic show depicting a part of their glorious and heroic history! Russian Channel One is preparing a lavishly epic historical series CATHERINE THE GREAT with Yulia Snigir playing the legendary Russian tzarina! The first season of 12 episodes, to arrive to the small screens in December, will capture the period from 1744 to 1762. She arrived from Germany to Russia as a German princess who will become the wife of Peter Fedorovich, the successor of the Russian throne. After being taught how to rule by Russian empress Elizabeth, 17 years later during the 1762 palace  revolution Catherine's husband was dethroned and she ascended to the throne as the new Empress of Russia. From arriving to the foreign country as a young girl to becoming the ruler of world's biggest empire, decades of her life were filled with treacherous games of high society, conspiracies, intrigues, betrayals and infidelities! Russian moviemaker Igor Zaytsev is helming the series which was done in the luxurious style seen in TUDORS and ROME. The second and the third season are expected to cover the years of her rule after the revolution! 

SIX THOUSAND COSTUMES
As you can see from the pictures, the costumes in CATHERINE THE GREAT will be extremely lavish. More than one hundred gowns will be worn by Yulia Snigir in the show and none of the dresses is lighter than 20 pounds! Most of the gowns have been taken from the archives, while the coronation and wedding dress are exact replicas of the real historical ones! Some of the massive scenes include thousands of male and female costumes and five thousand military vestments!


'THE LAST PANTHERS' TV SHOW
SAMANTHA MORTON, JOHN HURT & TAHAR RAHIM IN HEIST SERIES
In other TV news, UK's Sky Atlantic has chosen Oscar nominees Samantha Morton and John Hurt, and Tahar Rahim to star in their new series THE LAST PANTHERS! Based on the true story of legendary Serbian bank robbers Pink Panthers who stole over $136 million worth jewellery, the six part series will open with a daring diamond heist before quickly delving into the heart of Europe where a shadowy alliance of gangsters and ‘banksters’ now rules. Morton will play a British loss adjuster charged with recovering the stolen diamonds whatever the cost, with Hurt as her nefarious boss. Rahim will chase the thieves as a French Algerian policeman! The show will be shot in UK, Serbia and France in their three languages.
RUTGER HAUER JOINS 'GALAVANT'
Meanwhile, ABC has cast Rutger Hauer in their musical historical comedy show GALAVANT in which Joshua Sasse plays a knight taking on the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson) who stole the woman he loved. Hauer will play Kingsley, King Richard’s older, bigger and more badass brother who will threaten his little brother’s rule — and since he is a man so destined to be a great king that his parents named him Kingsley. GALAVANT's hilarious guest star cast also includes John Stamos as a dashing knight, Hugh Bonneville as landlocked pirate Peter the Pillager, Ricky Gervais as a medieval magician  Xanax, and Weird Al Yankovic as a singing monk.

38 comments:

  1. Though the intrigue of "Catherine" bids me, I have no idea what the hell anyone is saying... oops... me no speak Russian.
    "Galavant" is right up my trail-er. I could love this. Just wanna sing and dance.

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    1. I do speak Russian, among other languages... 'tis one of my spy advantages :) ... I'm sure there will be English subtitles when the show hits Torrents this winter ....

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    2. Dixie took the words right out of my mouth! Shame about the language problem. Looks like a mighty fine drama too :)

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    3. there are almost always English subs at the subs sites around the net :)

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  2. Ooh, I love that poster with the big red dress. Very eye-catching!

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    1. hope you liked my info on the gowns in the show too :)

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  3. Agree with Stephanie, this poster is amazing!

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  4. Love the poster, can't understand the show at all. Love the trailer to Galavant though.

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    1. GALAVANT could be either super funny or super not :)

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  5. How are you, Dez? I'm anxious to see The Last Panthers.

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    1. Could be an interesting show, especially since it will be shot here in my country

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  6. Maybe they'll have a English version with mostly American actors with bad British accents

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    1. that would never happen... nor should.....

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    1. We've experiencing a classic Autumn here too, after many years in which we had direct jump from flip flops to boots

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    1. the only problem is that Russian shows and films often have a very non commercial writing.... hope it won't be the case with this one...

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  9. "Galavant" sounds silly, very silly indeed.

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    1. with that cast how could it not be silly :)

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  10. Lavish is a good way to describe it. I LOVE the poster with the red dress. Yum.

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    1. it seems to be a huge hit with the ladies today!

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  11. Who needs a gym when you have a 20 pound dress to lug around!? The dresses are fascinating. Works of art in their own right. However, I am not sure how those girls toted them around all day!

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    1. Exactly... not to mention the corsets that do not allow you to eat... nor drink... nor poop... no wonder ladies didn't have long lives

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  12. It seems like these period TV shows are saturating the tube, which doesn't bother me much because I can understand the appeal of TUDORS and I like the cast, as well as shows like GAME OF THRONES but wouldn't necessarily watch this new Russian series about Catherine the Great. The program about those Serbian bank robbers is one that I would give a shot, just out of curiosity to see if it lives up to the hype, since it's based on a true story and all like you said. I'm a sucker for crime TV shows, so THE LAST PANTHERS is right up my alley :)

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    1. Sadly, out of all historical shows that have appeared in recent years... every third or fourth is a good one...

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  13. CATHERINE THE GREAT will be worth watching just for the gowns alone.

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    1. absolutely! And it was shot in some of the real imperial palaces in Russia so the sets should be fascinating too

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  14. How interesting. I've seen various foreign movies and shows, but never anything Russian.

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    1. I like Russian historical movies... and their animated movies too....

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  15. Treacherous games of high society…that's all you need for an epic historical about royals. Looks lush. :)

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    1. well King Peter was known for getting naughty with his mistresses in front of the whole court thus humiliating Catherine... that's enough for treachery :) She did kick his bum later on when she threw him down from the throne....

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  16. Those dresses look a little uncomfortable to wear. Glad I didn't live in that time period!

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  17. Ooooh I like the look of Catherine. I was thinking as I watched the trailer that they won't have to be building sets for this one as they've the real deal to work in. The architecture is glorious.

    Ya, I shall have to see The Last Panthers. The Pink Panthers is a well known story and I just love it. How those guys pulled off those epic heists is intriguing.

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    1. yep, Russians have so many glorious imperial palaces! And so many imperial cities too!

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  18. Catherine the Great looks like an epic undertaking. I hope all goes well. Galavant is going to be a hoot! I can't wait. It takes a badass king to sing like that and still sound threatening. Also I would never want to be his chef. That wife of his is a bitch! I men I know she has a choice but all that?! Ow, that is a hit to both heart and pride.

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