Monday, December 31, 2018

SPOTLIGHT ON HISTORY CHANNEL'S NEW SF PERIOD SET TRUE UFO PHENOMENA SERIES PROJECT BLUE BOOK WITH AIDAN GILLEN, MICHAEL MALARKEY

    'PROJECT BLUE BOOK' 
STARTS NEXT MONTH AT HISTORY
In the following few weeks your trusted spy will present you a couple of new TV and movie projects that are arriving next month. From January 8th at History Channel starts a new science fiction period set series PROJECT BLUE BOOK based on the true, top-secret investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1969.

THE STORY OF THE SERIES   
follows Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen), a brilliant yet under-appreciated college professor, who is recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead a clandestine operation called PROJECT BLUE BOOK. Along with his
Aidan Gillen and Michael Malarkey lead the cast
partner, the debonair Air Force Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey), he is summoned to investigate UFO sightings around the country and use science to discover what really happened. However, when some
The new series is based on true events
encounters cannot be explained away and cases remain open, Hynek begins to suspect that he has been duped by the government into a larger conspiracy to cover up the truth. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and rising Atomic
Blue Book is executive produced by Robert Zemeckis
Era, each episode will draw from the actual PROJECT BLUE BOOK case files, blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in US history.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

BBC TO ADAPT AGATHA CHRISTIE'S ANCIENT EGYPT SET MYSTERY DEATH COMES AS THE END INTO EPIC MINI TV SERIES NEXT!

    'DEATH COMES AS THE END' 
CHRISTIE'S NEXT SERIES AT BBC
So, now that BBC's latest Agatha Christie adaptation ABC Murders did not exactly amaze the audience, which was mostly left appalled by John Malkovich's insufferable accent and poor acting and overall bad writing,
The book has no European characters!
which of her stories will be made into mini series next year?  DEATH COMES AS THE END is next, the only of her books that isn't set in the 20th century but in Ancient Egypt! The good news is that the three part series won't be written by Sarah Phelps (who pretty much ruined three previous ones, Ordeal by Innocence, Witness for the Prosecution and ABC). Gwyneth Hughes will write the new one (not that her Vanity Fair gig for ITV was any better).

DEATH COMES AS THE END
Set in  2000 BC Thebes, it follows Imhotep, wealthy landowner and priest, who has outraged his sons and daughters by bringing a beautiful concubine
Death on the Nile will  be turned into a film
into their fold. And the manipulative Nofret has already set about a plan to usurp her rivals' rightful legacies. When her lifeless body is discovered at the foot of a cliff, Imhotep's own flesh and blood become the apparent conspirators in her shocking murder. But vengeance and greed may not be the only motives...

Don't forget that over in Hollywood, Kenneth Branagh, after bringing Murder on the Orient Express two years ago to the big screens with huge cinematic success, will direct DEATH ON THE NILE adaptation with Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer in which Branagh will again play Hercule Poirot investigating a murder during a luxurious cruise on the Nile River that he just happens to be on.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

INTRIGUING TRAILER AND POSTER FOR BEYOND THE EDGE FANTASY ACTION THRILLER WITH ANTONIO BANDERAS

    'BEYOND THE EDGE' TRAILER
GAMBLERS WITH SUPER POWERS
The movie played in Russia this spring
Since Hollywood is still enjoying its post Christmas slumber and drowsiness, your trusted spy is again doing what you like best: taking you into international waters with interesting movies from around the globe! This time a project that gathered actors from different corners of the world, coming straight from mother Russia where it already played earlier this year (it is currently hitting certain European DVD markets) - Aleksandr Boguslavskiy and Francesco Cinquemani directed fantasy action movie BEYOND THE EDGE starring Antonio Banderas and
Serbian actor Milosh Bikovic is playing the lead
Serbian actor Milos Bikovic who recently became a rather big star in Russia!

BEYOND THE EDGE
 is set in contemporary Moscow. A talented gambler gathers a team of people with superpowers to win big at a casino. But at the game he finds himself up against a much stronger mystical rival and ends up in a deadlock putting in danger himself and his team that he has grown to love. To save his friends and his girlfriend the lead character will have to go above and beyond. During the shooting, the producers consulted the experts and advisers who help casinos establish better protection from various types of fraud.

Friday, December 28, 2018

MOVING 'I'M NOT HERE' TRAILER WITH J.K. SIMMONS, SEBASTIAN STAN, MANDY MOORE, MAX GREENFIELD! 1ST 'AD ASTRA' SF MOVIE PHOTO WITH BRAD PITT!

    'I'M NOT HERE' TRAILER
 DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE STORY
Not much to show you in the post festive days, people, but I do have for you a trailer and poster for new drama movie I'M NOT HERE (previously known
I'm Not Here opens next March!
as Steve's Umbrella) which arrives into cinemas next March starring J.K. Simmons, Sebastian Stan, Mandy Moore and Max Greenfield.
Steve is haunted by his past as every object in his home, every sound he hears reminds him of a specific event in his life. Steve connects the events of his life to discover how he ended up alone and broken. As he relives each significant memory, he understands the generational issues that have held him captive like his father before him. Can he move past the pain and forgive his trespassers, and more importantly, forgive himself?



    'AD ASTRA' SF MOVIE
FIRST PHOTO WITH BRAD PITT!
You can also check out the first photo from sf movie AD ASTRA which is out next May starring Brad Pitt as  astronaut Roy McBride who travels to the
The Lost City of Z director James Gray is helming this one
outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones) and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. Donald Sutherland and Ruth Negga also star!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

INTERNATIONAL WEDNESDAY: TRAILERS FOR SURVIVAL ADVENTURE ARCTIC WITH MADS MIKKELSEN AND INDONEASIAN EPIC WESTERN BUFFALO BOYS

    'ARCTIC' TRAILER
WITH MADS MIKKELSEN 
Two international projects for you today, starting with a suitably wintery one: ARCTIC hits Danish cinemas next month starring Mads Mikkelsen as a
Arctic opens in cinemas this February
man who, after getting stranded in the Arctic due to an airplane crash, must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in hopes of making it out alive.
The movie premiered this year at Cannes Film Festival with  ten minute standing ovations and then run a circle at other movie festivals around the world. It will open in Northern America in February and then the same month and during March in major European theatrical markets. The movie was directed by Joe Penna.



    'BUFFALO BOYS' TRAILER
WILD WEST, BUT IN JAVA?!?
Buffalo Boys already played in Indonesia
You can also check out a very dynamic trailer for Indonesian western movie (I'm not kidding) BUFFALO BOYS which also had its run at some of the movie festivals albeit the more obscure ones. The story of the movie revolves around two brothers named Jamar and Suwo who came back to the land of Java to avenge their father, who was a Sultan, after years of exile in America. Singapore's official submission for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019 is Mike Wiluan's directorial debut! 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

DELIGHTFULLY FUNNY TRAILERS FOR NEW COMEDIES I HATE KIDS WITH TOM EVERETT SCOTT AND MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING FROM ITALY!

    'I HATE KIDS' TRAILER
WITH TOM EVERETT SCOTT!
While Hollywood is celebrating Christmas or watching Aquaman or Mary Poppins in cinemas, the spy will entertain you with two new indie comedies! I
I Hate Kids arrives into cinemas January 18th
HATE KIDS is out January 18th starring Tom Everett Scott as Nick Pearson, a life long bachelor who is finally settling down. On the brink of his wedding he is surprised to find he has a 13 year old son who has come to find his him through the help of a psychic. The problem is Nick can't stand kids and would happily send the boy back to live with his biological mother, except that no one has any clue who that might be. Having nowhere to turn Nick must hit the road with the boy and the neurotic, inept psychic to track down dozens of his disgraced ex-flings to whom he must ask the awkward question - with very mixed results.



    'MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING'
DAD DOES NOT APPROVE!
My Big Gay Italian Wedding already played in Italy
We also have another pending wedding over in Italy in their hit comedy MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING (Puoi baciare lo sposo) which already played in their cinemas earlier this year. In this merry movie of matrimony, happily engaged Antonio (Cristiano Caccamo) brings his fianc√© Paulo (Salvatore Esposito) to the exquisite old Italian village of his birth to meet his headstrong parents and reveal his sexuality, setting out on a quest to make a city founded on religious tradition understand that love is love.Check out the delightful trailer below for the movie which will hit some European countries this January (Germany for example). 

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

SENSATIONALLY ORIGINAL NEW MUSIC COMPETITION THE MASKED SINGER IS HERE! NICOLE SCHERZINGER, NICK CANNON, ROBIN THICKE AMONG THE PANELLISTS

    'THE MASKED SINGER'
 CAN YOU GUESS THE CELEBRITY HIDDEN BEHIND THE MASK?
We thought we've seen it all when it comes to music competitions but I guess we haven't: THE MASKED SINGER is an entirely new concept ready to
The show will have ten episodes!
start on Fox January 2nd bringing glamour, fun and suspense to very opening of the new year!

THE MASKED SINGER
is a singing competition guessing game based on the Korean format King of Mask Singer which broke all broadcasting records in Asia becoming an instant phenomenon. The performers are celebrities wearing elaborate head to toe costumes to conceal their identities from the host, panellists, audience, and other contestants. Twelve celebrities appear on the show with one singer eliminated each week and unmasked. Small hints are given to help viewer play and guess along. The "who-sung-it" is hosted by Nick Cannon and features a star studded detective playing panel: world's most beloved music competitions judge and pop super star Nicole Scherzinger alongside Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy and Robin Thicke. The competitors are all "household names" and have a combined 65 Grammy nominations, 16 multi Platinum albums, 16 Emmy nominations, 9 Broadway shows, 4 Super Bowl titles, and 4 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Who do you think we will see on The Masked Singer when it premieres on January 2 on Fox?

Monday, December 24, 2018

NEW TOM CULLEN, MARK HAMILL PHOTO FROM KNIGHTFALL EPIC TV SERIES SEASON 2! SAM SMITH'S HAUNTING SONG FIRE ON FIRE FROM BBC'S WATERSHIP DOWN EPIC SERIES

    'KNIGHTFALL' EPIC SERIES
SEASON TWO NEW PHOTO!
Among the exclusives in EW'S new First Look issue is also a new photo from the 2nd season of History's KNIGHTFALL series showing Tom Cullen as the Templar Knight who got in the mess after betraying his best friend the
The second season will air on History Channel around the world next summer
French king by impregnating his adulteress wife the queen of Navarre, and also Mark Hamill who joins the cast as Talus, a wise warrior responsible for training new initiates of the Templars. The second season will air next June!

THE SECOND SEASON WILL
explore this dark time in history from the Templar perspective, embracing an authentically grittier, darker, and more brutal Medieval period than has ever
New photo reveals Landry and Talus in grave danger!
been seen before. Tom Forbes joins the cast as Prince Louis of France, Clementine Nicholson as his wife Princess of Burgundy, Genevieve Gaunt is his sister princess Isabella of France.

    'WATERSHIP DOWN'
SAM SMITH SONG REVEALED!
You can also check out gorgeous song Fire on Fire by Sam Smith from BBC's animated series WATERSHIP DOWN which is airing this weekend following a warren of rabbits in danger from evil humans. Sam Smith has written the haunting song with Steve Mac and recorded it with BBC's Concert Orchestra. 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

DESTINY IS ALL! NETFLIX RENEWS THE LAST KINGDOM EPIC TV SAGA FOR SEASON FOUR WITH ALEXANDER DREYMON, DAVID DAWSON!

     'THE LAST KINGDOM' 
GETS SEASON 4 AT NETFLIX!
Oh, what wonderful news your trusted spy brings you in this prefestive weekend at the end of the year: Netflix has announced that they have
The third season is currently airing on Netflix
renewed their super popular historical saga THE LAST KINGDOM for the fourth season (I've heard rumours, but don't tell anyone, that they've actually secretly ordered the fifth season as well)! And you know what this means: you watched the third season, which is currently airing on Netflix, in great numbers! 

The third season was shot by Carnival Films without BBC as the co producer and has ten episodes instead of the usual eight. The season saw our hero, brave knight Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) break his bonds with disrespectful King Alfred of Wessex (David Dawson) and also with his Danish brothers. Hopefully, the fans won't have to wait more than a year for the fourth season
The series has been a major success for the streaming network
like they did with the current one. So far, the writers have covered six novels of Bernard Cornwell’s 11 part saga the show is based upon. We can probably expect more battles for Uhtred and his merry gang of warriors and probably
Alexander Dreymon is portraying fearless Lord Uhtred in the epic TV series
not much peace for the courageous 10th century knight who still believes in his motto Destiny Is All! Will he finally win his father's land of Bebbanburg and become the lord of his own kingdom? Will he find yet another wife?

Saturday, December 22, 2018

NEW PHOTOS FROM STARZ' CATHERINE OF ARAGON EPIC TV SERIES THE SPANISH PRINCESS AND KENNETH BRANAGH'S ARTEMIS FOWL FANTASY ADVENTURE WITH JUDI DENCH AS COMMANDER ROOT!

    NEW 'THE SPANISH PRINCESS' 
PHOTOS FROM ENGLISH COURT
We continue with the First Look exclusives that Entertainment Weekly has published in their latest issue with new photos from Starz' epic drama THE SPANISH PRINCESS which will probably hit the small screens sometime next spring. One of the photos reveals Charlotte Hope as Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon as she arrives to England with her entourage in order to marry prince Arthur, Henry VIII's (Ruairi O'Connor) brother. The second photo shows Laura Carmichael as Maggie Pole. Elliot Cowan will play the King of England! Among the characters there will also be a black woman who served as Catherine’s lady-in-waiting for 24 years.



    'ARTEMIS FOWL' PHOTOS
OF JUDI DENCH AS ROOT!
Entertainment Weekly has also revealed first look of Dame Judi Dench in Kenneth Branagh's directed fantasy adaptation of Eoin Colfer's YA novel ARTEMIS FOWL in which she plays Elven but also fierce looking Commander Root the chief of the fairy police. As Branagh has confirmed, her character will be a gravelly, Churchillian, curmudgeonly figure! Out next August, the film follows 12 year old Artemis Fowl who gets into battle against a powerful and hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father's disappearance.

Friday, December 21, 2018

FIRST PHOTOS FROM GEORGE CLOONEY'S WW2 TV SERIES CATCH 22 WITH CHRISTOPHER ABBOTT, KYLE CHANDLER, HUGH LAURIE, GIANCARLO GIANNINI

   1ST 'CATCH 22' PHOTOS
GEORGE CLOONEY WW2 SERIES
Another exclusive sneak peak into next year's productions we are getting this pre festive week are the first photos from new historical series CATCH 22 coming from George Clooney. Also starring Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie as Major de Coverley), Giancarlo Giannini, Daniel David Stewart, Rafi Gavron, Austin Stowell, Graham Patrick Martin, Gerran Howell, Jon Rudnitsky, Kevin J. O’Connor, Pico Alexander, Tessa Ferrer, Lewis Pullman, Josh Bold, Jay Paulson and Julie Ann Emery, the six episode series will air sometime next year on Hulu!

THE STORY OF CATCH 22
based on the novel by Joseph Heller, follows the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of peoplehe has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty. Hope we get a trailer soon!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

NEW DISNEY'S LIVE ACTION ALADDIN PHOTOS REVEAL MENA MASSOUD, WILL SMITH AND NAOMI SCOTT AS ALADDIN, GENIE AND PRINCESS JASMINE

   NEW 'ALADDIN' PHOTOS
ARRIVE FROM EW AND DISNEY!
The latest First Look edition of Entertainment Weekly is out bringing us first glimpses into upcoming 2019 movie and TV projects! Gracing their cover this
Guy Ritchie is, sadly, directing this one!
week is the lead cast of Disney's new live action movie adaptation of ALADDIN including Will Smith as the new Genie,  Mena Massoud as the affable, quick thinking, optimistic dreamer and street thief Aladdin and Naomi Scott as indomitable and benevolent Princess Jasmine (the two of them were chosen after six months of auditions). Loosely based on Arabian folktales from One Thousand and One Nights, this epic adventure, which is still in post
Surprisingly, the movie was not shot in Arabia, but England and Jordan
production, should fly its magic carpet into cinemas around the world May 24th! Both Aladdin and Jasmine will have their solo songs in the film written
Super hunky Marwan Kenzari is evil Vizier Jafar!
by composer Alan Menken with lyrics from The Greatest Showman songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul!

THE REST OF THE CAST!  
The cast also includes Nasim Pedrad as Jasmine’s handmaiden and best friend Dalia, who helps princess navigate the suitors attempting to win her
The movie will also include the original songs from the animated classic
hand (among whom is also blond super hunk Billy Magnussen who is portraying Prince Anders of Skånland)! Equally hunky Marwan Kenzari is
Nasim Pedrad plays Jasmine's handmaiden Dalia!
Sultan's (played by Navid Negahban) evil Grand Vizier and deceptive sorcerer Jafar who needs the magical lamp for his own nefarious reasons!
Naomi Scott plays princess Jasmine in the movie
Numan Acar stars as Hakim, Jafar's right-hand man and head of the palace guards. Check out the trailer released earlier this year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

FUNNY QUIRKY TRAILER FOR WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE COMEDY DRAMA WITH CATE BLANCHETT, BILLY CRUDUP, KRISTEN WIIG!

   WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE
 TRAILER WITH CATE BLANCHETT!
Bernadette will disappear March 22nd!
The latest big screen adaptation to get its trailer is Richard Linklater's comedy drama WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE based on a book by Maria Semple! Out next March (the opening date was pushed forward three times) it sees Cate Blanchett playing an anxiety ridden mother (she hates people, she hates leaving the house, and more than anything, she hates the other parents at her daughter school) and an architect after whose sudden disappearance, her 15 year old daughter Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process. Bernadette's husband is played by Billy Crudup, while Emma Nelson stars as their daughter Bee. With Kristen
Queen of metamorphosis, Cate Blanchett changes her looks again!
Wiig playing their nosy neighbour Audrey, the cast also includes Lawrence Fishburne, Judy Greer, James Urbaniak, and Troian Bellisario!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE PHOTOS & CAST REVEALED WITH TARON EGERTON, HELENA BONHAM CARTER, THEO JAMES, MARK STRONG! 1ST TRAITORS CHANNEL 4 EPIC SERIES PHOTO WITH KEELEY HAWES, LUKE TREADAVAY!

   'THE DARK CRYSTAL' PREQUEL
FIRST PHOTOS REVEALED!
Netflix has revealed the first photos and cast for their prequel THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE in which Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel lend their voices to the three Gefling
Brea will get her voice from Anya Taylor Joy!
heroes Rian, Brea, and Deet while Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Izzard, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Theo James, Alicia Vikander, Natalie Dormer, Andy Samber, Mark Hamill and Jason Isaacs are also in the cast. 

  AGE OF RESISTANCE
The series tells a new epic story, set many years before the events of the 1982 Jim Henson movie: the world of Thra is dying. The Crystal of Truth is at the
Taron Egerton will lend his voice to Gefling Rian!
heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But it is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis, and a sickness spreads across the land. When three Gelfling
Deet will get her voice from Nathalie Emmanuel!
uncover the horrific truth behind the power of the Skeksis, an adventure unfolds as the fires of rebellion are lit and an epic battle for the planet begins.

   1ST 'TRAITORS' PHOTO
FOR CHANNEL 4 & NETFLIX SERIES
Netflix and Channel 4 have also revealed the first look on their new period set drama TRAITORS (working title was Jerusalem) set in London in 1945 and following Feef, who is seduced by a rogue American spy into spying on her
Traitors will air on Channel 4 in UK and Netflix around the world!
own country. Her task? To uncover a Russian agent in the heart of the British Government. Emma Appleton, Keeley Hawes, Michael Stuhlbarg, Luke Treadaway, Stephen Campbell Moore and Matt Lauria lead the cast!