Monday, May 22, 2017

PERIOD SET MONDAY: 1ST 'VICTORIA' EPIC TV SERIES CLIP WITH JENNA COLEMAN, TOM HUGHES! 1ST 'OPHELIA' PHOTO WITH DAISY RIDLEY AS HAMLET'S TRAGIC LOVE

FIRST 'VICTORIA' CLIP
FROM THE SECOND SEASON!
Period set news for you this Monday, people, starting with the first clip from the second season of VICTORIA epic series released today to celebrate Victoria's Day. It shows a scene from the christening of Victoria's (Jenna Coleman) and prince Albert's (Tom Hughes) first child that was born at the end of the first season.
The second season will see her expand her family with new babies (she had nine kids in total) while trying to balance family life with her royal duties in mid 1800's. Prince Albert is, meanwhile, still struggling to find a suitable role for himself in their marriage and in the kingdom. VICTORIA will also face the Irish potato blight of 1845, where more than a million people died and people hated her calling her the famine queen cause she donated just 2000 pounds. When it returns this Autumn, with eight episodes plus a two hour Christmas special, VICTORIA will also have some new actors in the cast, Diana Rigg as the new Duchess at court and Victoria's new Mistress of the Robes and Martin Compston to name two. David Oakes returns as everybody's favourite charmer Prince Earnest, Albert's brother.


FIRST 'OPHELIA' PHOTO
DAISY RIDLEY AS HAMLET'S LOVER
The first photo, of Daisy Ridley in the title role, has been published for OPHELIA movie, which, set in the 14th century but spoken in a contemporary voice, is a dynamic re-imagining of the Shakespeare’s tragedy that tells the untold story of her tragic romance with the prince. She is the Queen’s (Naomi Watts) most trusted lady-in-waiting. Beautiful and intelligent, she soon captures the attention of the handsome Prince Hamlet (George MacKay) and a forbidden love blossoms. Clive Owen is Claudius, Tom Felton is Laertes and Devon Terrell Horatio.

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON 'WONDER WOMAN' WITH GAL GADOT AND CHRIS PINE! ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE THE JUNE PREMIERE!

'WONDER WOMAN' TO
CONQUER THE WORLD THIS JUNE
Just two more weeks before cinemas around the world open their doors and screens for the first solo movie outing of legendary WONDER WOMAN and today we'll feed you with everything you need to know about the film before you rush to the theatres! First reviews and impressions have been over whelmingly positive, calling the movie absolutely stunning, brilliant and amazing, funny and massively entertaining! The predictions for the opening weekend earnings range from $80 to well over $100 million and it remains to be seen what success WONDER WOMAN will score given the rather modest marketing she got from the studio compared to their other superhero flicks.

PRINCESS OF AMAZONS 
Diana, princess of the Amazons, played by Gal Gadot, was raised on a sheltered island and trained to be an unconquerable fighter. After an American pilot Steve Trevor (played by Chris Pine) crashes on the island and tells her about  a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home to try to stop the war convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers...  and her true destiny!

THE LADIES OF THEMYSCIRA
 As you know Connie Nielsen will be her mother, Amazonian Queen Hippolita, a revolutionary leader, who struggles to shelter her only daughter from the outside world. Robin Wright is Diana's aunt Antiope, who trains Wonder Woman to fight preparing her to deal with that world. Lisa Loven Kongsli is Antiope's lieutenant, Menalippe! This trio of immortals is responsible for both raising and training Diana, the only child born on the mythical isle, but they don’t always agree!

THE BOYS AND THE VILLAINS
Diana's love interest  Steve Trevor is played by Chris Pine, he is captain from the United States Army Air Service, roguish, cynical realist who's seen the awful brutish nature of modern civilization, but he is a worldly, charming guy! Danny Huston plays General Erich Ludendorff, an ambitious and iron fisted general of the German Army during World War I, while David Thewlis is Ares: The treacherous son of Zeus (who is also Diana's father) and god of War, who masquerades as Sir Patrick Morgan an advocate for peace on the war council, but seeks to destroy humanity. Elena Anaya is Doctor Maru  or Doctor Poison: A mad scientist who is associated with General Ludendorff and specializes in chemistry such as poisons. Lucy Davis plays Etta Candy, Steve Trevor's comical but loyal and friendly secretary who befriends Diana. Ewen Bremner is Charlie: A heavy-drinking sharpshooter, who’s already had a tour of duty and has post-traumatic stress disorder, an ally of Steve Trevor.

WONDERLICIOUS MOVIE FACTS
After she finishes her solo adventure this June, Diana of Themyscira will also lead the cast later this November in DC's JUSTICE LEAGUE movie!  The movie will have three settings with the second part of the movie set in War World One London, and the third part in modern days. Before Gal Gadot got the role, √Člodie Yung and Olga Kurylenko have also auditioned! Gorgeous super model Doutzen Kroes will appear in the movie as the Amazon Venelia while writer and director Zack Snyder has a cameo as a WW1 soldier! Pop star Sia will sing the lead song for the movie To Be Human! Director Patty Jenkins has announced a possibility of a sequel!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

1ST TRAILER & PHOTOS FOR PERIOD SET SERIES 'ALIAS GRACE' WITH SARAH GADON, ZACHARY LEVI, EDWARD HOLCROFT! 1ST PHOTOS OF DAN STEVENS AS DICKENS IN 'THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS'

'ALIAS GRACE' TRAILER FOR
SARAH GADON MINI SERIES
While some of you are enjoying the new television version of The Handmaid's Tale, another of Margaret Atwood's small screen adaptations ALIAS GRACE has just got the first trailer and first photos for the mini series that will launch September 25th at Netflix and CBC in Canada.
A 19TH CENTURY MYSTERY
The six part mini series follows Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan), was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer and his housekeeper in 1843. James was hanged while Grace was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1843. Grace claimed to have had no memory of the murder yet the facts were irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tried to help Grace recall her past. Grace was one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of her time for her supposed role in the sensational double murder, but was eventually exonerated after 30 years in jail. Her conviction was controversial and sparked much debate about whether Grace was actually involved in the murder or merely an unwitting accessory. Zachary Levi is also in the cast alongside Reign's Michael Therriault and Edward Holcroft as the doctor! Atwood has a cameo in the series!



'MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS'
DAN STEVENS PICS AS DICKENS
There are also the first pictures from another period set project, this time a movie starring Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens! THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS also stars Christopher Plummer as “Scrooge” and Jonathan Pryce as Dickens’ father.
THE BIRTH OF CHRISTMAS CAROL  
October 1843. Charles Dickens was broke and distressed. Despite early success, his last three books had failed. Rejected by his publishers, he set out to write and self-publish a book he hoped would keep his family afloat. This is the story of the six fever-pitched weeks in which Dickens created A Christmas Carol, the masterpiece that changed the holiday into the merry family event we know today.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

SF FRIDAY: 1ST QUEEN MERA PHOTOS FROM 'AQUAMAN'! NETFLIX TO TURN 'THE WITCHER' INTO SERIES, TO PRODUCE 'DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE' SERIES, 'HELLO AMERICA' SF MOVIE WITH RIDLEY SCOTT

'AQUAMAN' PHOTOS OF
 AMBER HEARD AS QUEEN MERA
Tons of sf and fantasy news today, starting with the ones coming from DC who have revealed new photos of Amber Heard as the female lead in AQUAMAN movie in which she plays the royal wife of Jason Momoa's title character, Mera the Queen of Atlantis! She is the exiled queen of Xebel who made a union with the water ruling superhero. Dolph Lundgren plays the king of Xebel, with Patrick Wilson asAQUAMAN's evil brother Ocean Master Orm and Nicole Kidman as their mother Atlanna, the queen mother of Atlantis. The movie does not arrive until December 2018!

NETFLIX NEW SF PROJECTS
'WITCHER' SF SERIES
I've announced this before, but now Netflix has officially revealed their work on a fantasy series based on eight part fantasy novel saga THE WITCHER from Andrzej Sapkowski! Translated in more than 20 countries around the world and turned into a popular video game as well, it follows “witchers” – hunters who develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly monsters. The Mummy and The Expanse producers are working on this one!

'HELLO AMERICA' SF MOVIE
Beside The Witcher, Netflix has also bought rights on JG Ballard's sf novel HELLO AMERICA and will produce it into a movie with Ridley Scott! The novel takes place a century after America’s financial collapse and abandonment by its people, when a group of pioneers return to the ruins of the “New World” on a voyage of rediscovery. The journey through a ravaged wasteland brings hazards at every turn to the crew, culminating in a showdown with a charismatic leader who plans to unleash his nuclear arsenal against anyone who threatens his power perch.

'DARK CRYSTAL' PREQUEL SERIES
Netflix is also working on a prequel series to Jim Henson's THE DARK CRYSTAL titled AGE OF RESISTANCE. The 10 episode fantasy adventure series will combine puppetry with visual effects and an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop! The original was set on another planet in the past following a Gelfling on a quest to find a missing piece of a powerful gem in order to restore balance to his world. This one sees three Gelflings discover the terrifying secret behind its power and set off on an epic journey to start a rebellion and save their world.

Friday, May 19, 2017

RICHARD MADDEN, HOLLIDAY GRAINGER JOIN 'ELECTRIC DREAMS' SF SERIES! MARTIN COMPSTON AND OTHERS JOIN 'VICTORIA' EPIC SERIES 2ND SEASON! IAN MCKELLEN, GABRIEL BYRNE IN 'HAMLET REVENANT' MOVIE ADAPTATION

'ELECTRIC DREAMS' SF SERIES
RICHARD MADDEN AND HOLLIDAY GRAINGER JOIN THE CAST
Rejoice, people! Two of our most favourite youngsters Richard Madden and Holliday Grainger will work together again and I think it will be their fifth time! They will star in The Hood Maker episode of ELECTRIC DREAMS anthology series in which each of the ten episodes will be done by a different director and cast adapting one of the stories from Philip K. Dick's sf opus. As I've informed you before some of the other episodes of the Channel 4 and Amazon series will star Timothy Spall, Greg Kinnear, Jack Reynor, Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston!
THE HOOD MAKER is set in a world without advanced technology where mutant telepaths have become humanity's only mechanism for long distance communication. Their powers have unintended implications and when the public begins to embrace mysterious telepath blocking hoods, two detectives with an entangled past are brought in to investigate.

'VICTORIA' SECOND SEASON
LATEST CASTING ADDITIONS!
In television news, still staying over in Britain, the second season of the hugely popular ITV series VICTORIA set to come back this Autumn with eight episodes plus a two hour Christmas special, has just added Martin Compston, Bruno Wolkowitch,  Emerald Fennell, Jo Stone-Fewings, Leo Suter and Michael Maloney to the cast with previously announced Diana Rigg! They will all join the second season which sees the Queen (Jenna Coleman) facing motherhood. She is now a working mother, trying to balance her responsibilities but with Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) still struggling to find a role for himself, there is an inevitable power struggle between husband and wife.
Martin Compston will be playing Dr Robert Traill, a key campaigner in the petition to gain awareness and support for those suffering from the potato famine in Ireland during the 1840s. French actor Bruno Wolkowitch will star as French King Louis Philippe, who Queen Victoria visits on her first outing to France. Nigel Lindsay returns as Sir Robert Peel, Alex Jennings as King Leopold, Peter Bowles as Duke of Wellington, David Oakes as Prince Ernest, Daniela Holtz as Baroness Lehzen and Catherine Flemming as the Duchess of Kent.

'HAMLET REVENANT'
CASTS SIR IAN MCKELLEN!
Brits in our last piece of news today as well: as 'Deadline' reports acting legend Ian McKellen and Gabriel Byrne will star in HAMLET REVENANT the latest big screen adaptation of Shakespeare's famous plays on the tragic Danish prince. Connie Nielsen and Lambert Wilson will also join them in the Ken McMullen directed film together with Medici star Lex Shrapnel!
HAMLET REVENANT follows a character caught amidst treasonous political upheavals, family crisis, sexual tensions and ambiguous friendships: a vortex of revenge, doubt and madness out of which no main character escapes. It brings to the surface the violence and destructive instincts that haunt the human psyche!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

1ST 'GREATEST SHOWMAN' MOVIE MUSICAL PICS WITH HUGH JACKMAN, ZAC EFRON, MICHELLE WILLIAMS! 'ALIENIST' PERIOD SET SERIES TRAILER WITH LUKE EVANS! 1ST 'STAR TREK DISCOVERY' PHOTO

'THE GREATEST SHOWMAN'
1ST HUGH JACKMAN PHOTOS
Photo exclusives today, people! 'Entertainment Weekly' has revealed the first photos from Hugh Jackman's new movie THE GREATEST SHOWMAN an original musical movie on P.T. Barnum, the founder of a modern circus. With Michelle Williams playing his wife the colourful film will bring glitz to the big screens next Christmas! Zac Efron plays his business partner with Rebecca Ferguson also in the cast. Even though the story is set in the middle of the 19th century, it will be filled with dance numbers and pop sounding hits.
THE FATHER OF MODERN CIRCUS  
The story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Directed by Michael Gracey, it will track Barnum's rise from poverty-stricken childhood to the launch of his first circus in New York.

'STAR TREK: DISCOVERY'
 TRAILER & PHOTO RELEASED
In the television department, CBS has revealed the first image from their new STAR TREK: DISCOVERY series showing Michelle Yeoh, playing a captain of a starship, and lead star Sonequa Martin Green who plays a commander of the Discovery helmed by Jason Isaacs. Set before the original series, the series will air sometime later this year. Maybe.



'THE ALIENIST' SERIES TRAILER
 LUKE EVANS & DANIEL BRUHL
TNT has, meanwhile, released the first trailer for their period set series THE ALIENIST  based on the novel by Caleb Carr. The psychological thriller drama is set in 1896, when a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes has gripped the city. Newly appointed top cop Teddy Roosevelt calls upon Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl), a criminal psychologist, aka alienist, and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. Joining them in the probe is Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning), a headstrong secretary at Police Headquarters.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

BRITISH BOYS DAY: COLIN FIRTH TO STAR IN WW2 DRAMA 'BENJAMIN'S CROSSING', KENNETH BRANAGH IN 'KEEPER OF THE DIARY' AS OTTO FRANK, RAFE SPALL IN 'DENMARK' COMEDY

COLIN FIRTH TO STAR
IN WW2 'BENJAMIN'S CROSSING'
Ladies, rejoice! It's the British Boys day today here! First stop Firthville! As 'Deadline' reports Colin Firth will star in BENJAMIN'S CROSSING period set drama about a man who crossed the Pyrenees Mountains running away from the Nazis!
Based on Jay Parini novel (his other novel The Last Station on Tolstoy has already been adapted), it is a  a true story set in 1940 when Jewish philosopher Benjamin finds himself forced to flee his home in Paris on the heels of the Nazi invasion. With nowhere else to turn, he meets Lisa Fittko, who is helping refugees escape to Spain through the Pyrenees. Despite his weak physical condition, Lisa reluctantly agrees to bring him along, leading an unlikely group of refugees on a daring adventure that will change their lives forever.

KENNETH BRANAGH IS OTTO
FRANK 'KEEPER OF THE DIARY'
Just a week ago you saw the first photos from Kenneth Branagh's directed Murder on Orient Express, in which he also plays Hercule Poirot the famous detective, and now he will play another famous Jew - Otto Frank in KEEPER OF THE DIARY which depicts his struggle to find a publisher for the diary written by his daughter Anne Frank before she perished in the Holocaust. He was aided by an ambitious young woman who, fresh out of the Doubleday typing pool, became a junior editor trying to find her way by combing through the slush pile for publishable manuscripts. She and Otto Frank found each other and their perseverance led to the publication of one of the most enduring documents of the Holocaust. That woman, Barbara Zimmerman, became a publishing legend at Doubleday and was the founder of the New York Review of Books. As 'Deadline' writes, the movie is set right after the WW2.

RAFE SPALL TO END UP
IN A PRISON IN 'DEN- MARK'
Meanwhile, another of our beloved Brits, ever so charming and lovely, Rafe Spall, will star in a more light of genres - a comedy DENMARK - with a rather funny plot: the story will follow a man’s decision to leave behind his dreary life and start afresh. Spall will play Herb, a down on his luck Welshman with no job, horrible neighbours and even worse prospects. When he discovers that Danish convicts live a luxurious life he could only dream of, he finally feels that he has something to aspire to: a life in Denmark as a prisoner. Spall's currently shooting new Jurassic World.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

'WLL & GRACE' RETURN TRAILER! CBS ORDERS '9JKL', 'BY THE BOOK' SITCOMS. FOX ORDERS 'ORVILLE' SF COMEDY SHOW & MEDICAL 'RESIDENT' WITH MANISH DAYAL, MATT CZUCHRY. 'BABY DADDY', 2 BROKE GIRLS' CANCELLED

 'WILL & GRACE'
RETURN THIS AUTUMN TO NBC
NBC is to release the first trailer for the comeback of their WILL & GRACE sitcom, which will return to Thursday nights with This Is Us this Autumn with 12 and possibly even more new episodes. Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes, are all returning in their original roles. I will replace the US only trailer below as soon as the non geoblocked one appears.



CBS ORDERS '9JKL' SITCOM
CBS has ordered new multicamera sitcom 9JKL. Starring Mark Feuerstein it is inspired by the time he lived in apartment 9K in the building he grew up in, right between his doting parents’ apartment 9J, and his brother, sister-in-law and their baby’s apartment 9L, and his attempts to set boundaries with his intrusive but well-meaning family. Linda Lavin, Elliott Gould, David Walton play his parents and his brother.



FOX ORDERS 'ORVILLE' SETH MACFARLANE SF COMEDY
Fox has ordered 13 episodes of Seth MacFarlane's sf comedy  THE ORVILLE in which the story is set 300 years in the future. It follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar Fleet. Facing cosmic challenges from without and within, this motley crew of space explorers will boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before. MacFarlane stars, writers, creates and executive produces the series which will air on Thursdays this Autumn.



 FOX ORDERS 'THE RESIDENT'
STARRING MANISH DAYAL AND MATT CZUCHRY
Fox has also ordered Manish Dayal's medical series THE RESIDENT which follows a tough, brilliant senior resident who guides an idealistic young doctor through his first day, pulling back the curtain on what really happens, both good and bad, in modern-day medicine. Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp and Bruce Greenwood also star.



LATEST SITCOM CANCELLATIONS!
ABC has put Carol Burnett's sitcom HOUSEHOLD NAME to a 'rework' stage but it did order the return of ROSEANNE after cancelling their six year long, 2nd best watched, sitcom LAST MAN STANDING! CBS has ordered BY THE BOOK (aka Living Biblically) multi camera sitcom while cancelling 2 BROKE GIRLS after 6 years and THE ODD COUPLE! CBS has also passed on DISTEFANO and BROTHERED UP sitcom pilots.  FreeForm has cancelled their own 6 year long sitcom BABY DADDY last weekend to the shock of fans since it was their best watched comedy ever and will end on its 100th episode.

Monday, May 15, 2017

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON 'STILL STAR CROSSED' ROMEO & JULIET SEQUEL TV SERIES STARRING WADE BRIGGS, TORRANCE COOMBS, ANTHONY HEAD, GRANT BOWLER

 'STILL STAR CROSSED'
NEW PERIOD SET TV SERIES  
I have a very distinct feeling ABC will cancel this one around or before its fifth episode, but some of you might still give STILL STAR CROSSED, the small screen adaptation of Melinda Taub's novel, a go when it starts airing at ABC this late spring, Monday, May 29th! The mini series picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, fight for power and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.
AFTER THE LOVERS' DEATH  
In the wake of Romeo and Juliet’s tragic deaths, the Montague and Capulet rivalry escalates. A new royal takes the throne and struggles to determine what is best for his city when Verona becomes an epicentre of mayhem.
Following the death of her cousin Juliet, Rosaline Capulet (Lashana Lynch) finds herself in the middle of a political play to try and save Verona. She will prove she’s a force to be reckoned with especially when it comes to her destiny and must make tough decisions regarding her loyalty to the Capulet name. Rosaline’s sister, Livia Capulet (Ebonee Noel), is a hopeless romantic who dreams of a marriage to provide her with a life she’s always wanted, but her yearning for love makes her an easy target, and she gets drawn into a sordid secret unbeknownst to her.
Romeo’s death thrusts his cousin, Benvolio Montague (Wade Briggs), into a position of responsibility as he becomes the sole heir to the Montague name and must abide by a sinister plan to solidify his family’s prominence. A newly crowned Prince Escalus (Sterling Sulieman) is determined to end the bloodshed between the Montagues and Capulets, but his only solution forces him to decide between following his heart or protecting his kingdom. Eager to help her brother rule Verona, Princess Isabella (Medalion Rahimi) finds herself drawn to the throne, but quickly realizes that obtaining power as a woman will require succumbing to a twisted scheme. 
 Lord Capulet (Anthony Head) is the patriarch of the Capulet dynasty and is willing to maintain the legacy of his family’s name at any cost. Lady Capulet (Zuleikha Robinson) may want the same as her husband, but a mystery behind her true ambitions will slowly come to light. The Montagues are on the precipice of matching the Capulets social status, but Romeo’s death threatens to stall their ascent. Angered by grief and the loss of his son, Lord Montague (Grant Bowler) will stop at nothing to ensure the Montagues are the most respected family in Verona.
The sparring families aren’t the only one’s affected by Romeo and Juliet’s tragic fate. The keeper of Verona’s darkest confessions, Friar Lawrence (Dan Hildebrand), feels a deep responsibility for their deaths, along with the Capulet’s lifelong caretaker, the Nurse (Susan Wooldridge). She holds many secrets of her own including the fact that she is tending to Count Paris (Torrance Coombs), who was supposed to wed Juliet but was left for dead after a brutal fight with Romeo.