Saturday, December 15, 2018

KATE WINSLET AND SAOIRSE RONAN TO GO LESBIAN IN GOD'S OWN COUNTRY'S FRANCIS LEE'S 19TH CENTURY DRAMA AMMONITE! WARRIOR TRAILER FOR 19TH CENTURY MARTIAL ARTS TV SAGA WITH ANDREW KOJI, KIERAN BEW, TOM WESTON JONES

   'AMMONITE' DRAMA TO
SEND KATE WINSLET & SAOIRSE RONAN INTO 19TH CENTURY
Kate Winslet will topline Ammonite drama
In casting news, Francis Lee, whose outstandingly brilliant God's Own Country is one of the best movies we've seen this decade and more, has just cast Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan for his new period set drama AMMONITE!

With the shooting planned to start next March, the movie, set in a UK coastal town in the 1840s, will have its story following the unlikely romance between palaeontologist Mary Anning and a London woman of means to whom she must unexpectedly play nursemaid. The film comes from the King's Speech and Lady Macbeth producers!

   'WARRIOR' TEASER
1800'S STREETS OF CHINATOWN
Your action packed treat for this snowy Saturday is the first teaser that Cinemax has released for their new period set action series WARRIOR which arrives next year starring Andrew Koji, Kieran Bew, Langley
The Warrior should start sometime early next year on Cinemax
Kirkwood, Jason Tobin and Tom Weston Jones! Inspired by an idea from martial arts legend Bruce Lee, it is set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco's Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. It follows a
Andrew Koji takes the lead role in the new action packed series
martial arts prodigy who immigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances, and becomes a hatchet man for one of Chinatown's most powerful organized crime families. 

SCARY FIRST TEASER FOR HOTEL MUMBAI IS HERE WITH ARMIE HAMMER, DEV PATEL AND JASON ISAACS!

   'HOTEL MUMBAI' TEASER
BASED ON TRUE EVENTS!
It happened exactly ten years ago and now we have the first teaser for a movie that tells the disturbing story about it. HOTEL MUMBAI, set to be released
The movie will be first released in Australia and New Zealand
this January in Australia, in March in USA and then in April and May in Europe, is based on the true story of the devastating terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 2008. The terrifying assault brings together the guests and staff of the luxurious hotel including wealthy new parents David and Zahra (Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi), Russian businessman Vasili (Jason Issacs) and newly promoted waiter Arjun (Dev Patel) in a desperate fight for survival. This story celebrates humanity, compassion, courage, resilience and the unwavering desire to survive.

Friday, December 14, 2018

TRAILER AND POSTER FOR SF THRILLER CAPTIVE STATE WITH JOHN GOODMAN AND VERA FARMIGA AND FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY WITH DWAYNE JOHNSON, JACK LOWDEN, VINCE VAUGHN, LENA HEADEY

   'CAPTIVE STATE'
RESISTANCE AGAINST ALIENS!
Captive State arrives next March!
Here's something scary for you: first poster and trailer for apocalyptic sf movie CAPTIVE STATE which is out next March starring John Goodman and Vera Farmiga. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, this science fiction thriller has its story set in a Chicago neighbourhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra terrestrial force! CAPTIVE STATE explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents. Ten years ago, they took our planet. Today, we take it back - says the tagline of the film. Ashton Sanders, Ben Daniels, D.B. Sweeney and rapper Machine Gun Kelly also star in the movie.



   'FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY'
IN A VERY LITERAL SENSE!
Fighting with my Family starts next February
Speaking of fights, here's a whole different one! First trailer and poster have also been released for Stephen Merchant directed comedy FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY which has a stellar cast led by Dwayne Johnson, our dearest Jack Lowden, Vince Vaughn, Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost and Stephen Merchant himself. Out next February in USA and March in Europe, it follows a former wrestler and his family who make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

NETFLIX SETS CAST FOR THEIR MEDIEVAL ADVENTURE TV SERIES THE LETTER FOR THE KING! PETER RADAR'S PLAYING TO THE GODS 19TH CENTURY NOVEL TO BECOME A FILM

   'THE LETTER FOR THE KING'
TV ADAPTATION SETS CAST
Gijs Blom will be Prince Viridian in the series
Earlier this year your trusted spy informed you that Netflix is turning Dutch fantasy novel THE LETTER FOR THE KING into a TV series and now the cast has been revealed!
   Tonke Dragt’s medieval adventure is set in a world full of adventure and intrigue, where no one wants to be a knight more than Tiuri (Wilson) who is tasked with delivering a secret letter on which the fate of the entire kingdom depends. On their journey, he and his young friends will discover just how much it takes to become a true knight, and just how much the broken adult world needs them to fix it.
Kon Tiki's Jakob Oftebro is Prince Iridian!
Young Amir Wilson will play Tiuri, a 15 year old squire who answers a desperate call for help and finds himself on a perilous mission that could cost him his life. Rudy Serkis is Lavinia, charismatic and determined, adventurous and ahead of her time. She joins Tiuri on the adventure. Nathanael Saleh will be Piak, a fearless and excitable young boy who couldn’t bear seeing his older brother go on an adventure while he missed out at home. Thaddea Graham, Islam Bouakkaz, Jack Barton and Jonah Lees will play the rest of their company. Yorick van Wageningen will play an elderly King Favian, Gijs Blom is Prince
Jonah Lees will play one of the member's of Tiuri's company!
Viridian and Jakob Oftebro is Crown Prince Iridian. The cast will also have Emilie Cocquerel as Queen Alianor, Ken Nwosu, Peter Ferdinando, Kemi-Bo Jacobs, David Wilmot and Tawfeek Barhom!

   'PLAYING TO THE GODS'
 MOVIE ON 19TH CENTURY'S MOST FAMOUS  ACTRESSES' RIVALRY
The film will be based on the Peter Rader's book
Deadline reports today that Michael Sucsy is to adapt  Peter Radar’s novel PLAYING TO THE GODS into a film! The movie tells the true story of French stage superstar Sarah Bernhardt, a pioneer in the culture of exotic, eccentric celebrity who became the world’s first A-list actress. Pitted in a rivalry is up and coming Italian adversary, Eleonora Duse, whose modern, naturalistic style and ability to disappear into roles without chewing the scenery revolutionized the theater. Their competition for queen of the stage ignited the most tumultuous theatrical showdown of the 19th century. Michael Sucsy will write, direct and produce the adaptation.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

HULU TO DEVELOP TWO TV SERIES OUT OF GEORGE R.R. MARTIN EDITED SCIENCE FICTION 27 BOOK ANTHOLOGY WILD CARDS

    'WILD CARDS' TO BE
 TURNED INTO SF SERIES AT HULU
The saga will be adapted into two sf series
I'm a bit late with this one, but Hulu is apparently very close to producing two sf series based on WILD CARDS sf anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and written by a collection of authors as a shared universe of anthologies, mosaic novels and stand alone stories! As Hollywood Reporter states, there have been 27 books so far!
  
Set in the present, the series explores the aftermath of an alien virus, released over Manhattan in 1946 that killed 90 percent of those it infected. In the survivors, DNA was altered, creating grotesque physical deformities, except for a tiny percentage who develop super human powers
Andrew Miller will write the series!
instead. Called the Wild Card virus, it has passed down through generations, and can go undetected until suddenly activated by a traumatic event — at which point the carrier is either killed, mutated or granted god-like powers. Effects that are largely a manifestation of the victim's emotional state, making them vulnerable to reverence or ridicule on a deeply personal level. Now, after decades of sociological turmoil, having been worshipped, oppressed, exploited and ignored, victims of the virus want to define their own future. The Secret Circles Andrew Miller is set to write the series which is looking to open writers' rooms!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

1ST THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY TV SERIES TRAILER WITH TOM HOPPER, ROBERT SHEEHAN! NETFLIX TO TURN SALMAN RUSHDIE'S MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN INTO TV SERIES

    'MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN'
SALMAN RUSHDIE TV ADAPTATION
The book was turned into a movie back in 2012
Two Netflix projects about kids with special powers, starting with TV series adaptation of Salman Rushdie's MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN which  follows the life of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the time of India’s independence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of India’s national affairs; his health and wellbeing are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India’s 1,000 other “midnight’s children,” all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts.

    'UMBRELLA ACADEMY'
FIRST TRAILER IS HERE!
Netflix has released a trailer for their new fantasy series THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY which will roll out February 15th based on the Dark Horse comic
Academy opens its doors next February
books. It stars Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan and Ellen Page.
On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. They have to work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.

Monday, December 10, 2018

MOST ANTICIPATED EPIC & PERIOD SET 2019 SERIES: CATHERINE THE GREAT, BEECHAM HOUSE, MEDICI, WAR OF THE WORLDS, HIS DARK MATERIALS, NAME OF THE ROSE, SPANISH PRINCESS, LES MISERABLES AND OTHERS!

    UPCOMING NEW EPIC DRAMAS
LES MISERABLES
One of the first ones to arrive is BBC One's six part adaptation of LES MISERABLES which will air in UK from December 30th and later on at PBS too. Starring Lily Collins and Dominic West it is set against a backdrop of post-Napoleonic France as unrest begins to grip the city of Paris once more. Spy more here!

THE LONG SONG
Arriving a bit sooner, also on BBC One, from December 18th is three part 19th century saga THE LONG SONG starring Jack Lowden and Hayley Atwell bringing the story of an enslaved woman (Tamara Lawrance) living in Jamaica in 1838 under British rule.Spy more here!

DEATH AND NIGHTINGALES
Already airing on BBC is another three part historical drama DEATH AND NIGHTINGALES starring Jamie Dornan and Matthew Rhys. It is an epic tale of love, betrayal, deception, and revenge set in the Irish countryside in 1885. Spy more here!

MEDICI: THE MAGNIFICENT
This one is technically a 2nd season not a new series, but the title and the cast are new: MEDICI: THE MAGNIFICENT has already aired in Italy but will air soon on Netflix with Daniel Sharman playing Lorenzo De Medici who is now taking over the family's business with his brother played by Bradley James. Spy more here!

GENTLEMAN JACK
BBC is also preparing 19th century series set in Shibden Hall where GENTLEMAN JACK also known as Anne Lister (Surrane Jones) returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1832, determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home Shibden Hall. But to do that she will dress and act as a man! Spy more here!

BEECHAM HOUSE
Rival ITV is taking us to 19th century India in six part saga BEECHAM HOUSE starring Tom Bateman, Kabir Bedi and Leo Suter! This lavishly exotic saga will offer us a look at the lives of residents living in a Delhi mansion during the cusp of 19th century. Spy more here!

CATHERINE THE GREAT
Sky and HBO will take us to glorious mother Russia and imperial court at Hermitage where Helen Mirren will take the role of CATHERINE THE GREAT in the story of her mature years when she already had many stunning victories and even more lovers. Spy more here!

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
BBC is also finishing the production of their three part adaptation of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS starring Rafe Spall, Greg Kinnear and Eleanor Tomlinson in a story set in London during the Edwardian era, where George and Amy's attempt to start a life together is interrupted by a Martian invasion of Earth. Spy more here!

HIS DARK MATERIALS
BBC is also coproducing another major fantasy adaptation but with HBO! Eight part saga HIS DARK MATERIALS will star James McAvoy as Lord Azriel in the story about two children who embark on a magical adventure through parallel universes. Spy more here!

THE NAME OF THE ROSE
Italian Rai and HBO are also preparing a new eight episode TV adaptation of THE NAME OF THE ROSE following John Turturro as a medieval friar who investigates a series of mysterious deaths at an abbey. The adaptation of Umberto Eco's novel also stars Rupert Everett and Alessio Boni. Spy more here!

LAMBS OF GOD
Australian Foxtel is preparing gothic tale LAMBS OF GOD in which Ann Dowd, Essie Davis and Jessica Barden are playing three nuns whose life in solitude, far away from the rest of the world in a remote and rugged island on the coast, is interrupted by the arrival of a hot as hell priest played by Sam Reid. Spy more here!

THE SPANISH PRINCESS
After White Queen and White Princess, Starz will offer us more royal drama in THE SPANISH PRINCESS which will see Charlotte Hope playing the Spanish princess, Catherine of Aragon, as she navigates the royal lineage of England with an eye on the throne. Elliot Cowan and Olly Rix also star. Spy more here!

  RETURNING EPIC DRAMA
Beside the above mentioned new dramas, let us not forget that we can expect the new season of the ones we already love, from the third season of
Victoria returns with the third season this January!
VICTORIA at ITV starting probably in January, to the final seasons of POLDARK and DURRELLS starting probably next spring, and also the
Knightfall returns to History with the second season and new cast!
third season of Sky's 17th century saga JAMESTOWN. And while you are already enjoying the third season of medieval saga THE LAST KINGDOM
Jamestown returns with the third season this spring!

over at Netflix, you can expect more knights in the second season of KNIGHTFALL at History Channel too! Hulu's HARLOTS should also return with the third season next summer!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

THE MUSKETEERS ARE BACK FROM RETIREMENT IN THE KING'S MUSKETEERS: THE PENULTIMATE MISSION ITALIAN HISTORICAL COMEDY ADVENTURE

    THE KING'S MUSKETEERS
ON THEIR PENULTIMATE MISSION!
The movie hits Italian cinemas around New Year
Your treat for today is the trailer for Italian historical adventure THE KING'S MUSKETEERS: THE PENULTIMATE MISSION which hits their cinemas December 27th!

D'Artagnan (Pierfrancesco Favino), Porthos (Valerio Mastandrea), Athos (Rocco Papaleo), Aramis (Sergio Rubini) are today a cattle breeder with an improbable French accent, a lustful lord, an indebted friar and a drunken innkeeper, but tomorrow they will be musketeers again for patriotic reasons. Cynical, disillusioned but ever so skilful with swords and muskets, they will be called on a new adventure by
The Musketeers are not in the best of shapes!
Queen Anna (Margherita Buy) to save France from the intrigues weaved at the court by the treacherous Cardinal Mazzarino (Alessandro Haber), and his conspirator Milady (Giulia Bevilacqua)! Supported in their exploits by mute Servo (Lele Vannoli) and exuberant Ancella (Matilde Gioli), the four - riding their more or less faithful steeds - will fight for the freedom of the persecuted Huguenots and for the salvation of the very young and and dissolute Louis XIV (Marco Todisco).They will certainly try their best to complete another incredible mission even if it is hard to say whether it will be their ultimate or maybe penultimate one.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

HILARIOUS FIRST TRAILER FOR FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS BRITISH COMEDY WITH JAMES PUREFOY, DANNY MAYS, TUPPENCE MIDDLETON, DAVID HAYMAN

    FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS TRAILER
SEES JAMES PUREFOY SINGING!
It's the UK's number one buoy band :)
The only thing I have for you today is the first trailer and poster for delightful British comedy FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS in which Danny Mays plays a fast living, cynical London music executive who heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life
Some bands just cannot be managed!
he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means. Also starring Tuppence Middleton, David Hayman, Dave Johns, the movie is out next March!

Friday, December 7, 2018

FIRST TRAILER FOR WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE BIOPIC ALL IS TRUE IS HERE WITH KENNETH BRANAGH, JUDI DENCH AND IAN MCKELLEN!

   1ST 'ALL IS TRUE' TRAILER
FROM KENNETH BRANAGH FILM WITH JUDI DENCH, IAN MCKELLEN
All is True arrives next February!
1st trailer has been released for Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare drama ALL IS TRUE which also stars Judi Dench and Ian McKellen! The story is set in 1613 when Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife (Judi Dench) and daughters. In so doing, he has to examine his own failings
Isn't Sir Ian McKellen lovely as Lord Southampton?
as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war. Sir Ian McKellen is his patron, the Earl of
The movie will get a limited week long release in December ahead of the awards season but will get official release date in 2019
Southampton. Official movie release is set for February but it will play in selected theatres before Christmas ahead of Oscars nomination race.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

COMEDY WEDNESDAY: FULLER HOUSE SEASON 4 TRAILER AND POSTER ARE HERE! BRENT MORIN TO LEAD NBC'S NEW DEPARTMENT STORE SITCOM! NBC DEVELOPING SAVE THE DELI MULTICAM SITCOM!

   NEW NBC MULTICAM SITCOMS
BRENT MORIN'S STORE SITCOM
Brent Morin returns to TV after Undateable
Comedy all the way today! We fell in love with him in one of TV's most original sitcoms Undateable, and now the ever so talented and charming Brent Morin is coming back as the star and co writer of new NBC multi camera sitcom in which he will play Andy Hewitt who, in a desperate attempt to prove himself to his family after losing his dream job, has no choice but to take a retail job at the world’s most fashionable department store.

SAVE THE DELI  
Speaking of stores and comedies, NBC is also developing multicam sitcom SAVE THE DELI based on David Sax' book which centres around a  young woman, who much to the shock of her family, friends and mostly herself, becomes the new owner of her Chicago family deli after her grandfather dies. Naturally, her very opinionated staff and family members make the job unbearable since they all have conflicting ideas of how to save the deli.

   'FULLER HOUSE'
HAPPINESS IS BACK WITH SEASON FOUR TRAILER!
Netflix has released a trailer for the fourth season of their much loved family sitcom FULLER HOUSE which returns December 14th! With new showrunners, the comedy will  pick up with Danny (Bob Saget), Joey (Dave
Fuller House returns with Season 4 December 14th at Netflix
Coulier), Jesse (John Stamos) and Rebecca (Lori Loughlin) all moving back to San Francisco where DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) and Steve
The first episode will be a Christmas set one!
(Scott Weinger) are enjoying love as a couple. The season will also follow Jackson’s (Michael Campion) burgeoning romance and the pregnancy of
As always the new season will feature dance and singing numbers!
Kimmy (Andrea Barber) who is carrying a baby for Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Jimmy (Adam Hagenbuch)! Juan Pablo Di Pace, Soni Nicole Bringas, Elias Harger, John Brotherton, Ashley Liao also star.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

WATERSHIP DOWN BBC & NETFLIX ANIMATED ADVENTURE TRAILER IS HERE WITH JAMES MCAVOY, NICHOLAS HOULT, GEMMA ARTERTON, TARON EGERTON, BEN KINGSLEY, TOM WILKINSON

   'WATERSHIP DOWN'
TRAILER FROM BBC ADAPTATION
BBC keeps on releasing trailers for their festive programmes, and on the menu today is WATERSHIP DOWN an animated adventure which will premiere during prefestive weekend, December 22nd and 23rd and
 then air on Netflix on the 23rd worldwide. The forthcoming small screen adaptation of Richard Adams' timeless classic will also feature song Fire on Fire by Sam Smith, which he recorded with BBC Concert Orchestra. BBC has released the first trailer from the film featuring main characters Hazel (voiced by James McAvoy), Fiver (Nicholas Hoult), Bigwig (John Boyega), Clover (Gemma Arterton) and Strawberry (Olivia Colman) among others. The stellar voice cast also includes Rosamund Pike, Taron Egerton, Gemma Chan, Rory Kinnear, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Kingsley and others. The mini series will air in two hour and a half long episodes.

THE STORY OF WATERSHIP DOWN
adapted for the screen by Tom Bidwell, uses Richard Adams’ bestselling novel as its source to bring an innovative interpretation to the beloved classic. Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, this tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, towards a promised land and a more perfect society.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

FIRST TRAILER FOR BBC & PBS EPIC TV SERIES LES MISERABLES WITH LILY COLLINS, DOMINIC WEST, JOSH O'CONNOR, OLIVIA COLMAN, DEREK JACOBI

'LES MISERABLES'
Les Miserables starts December 30th!
BBC TV SERIES TRAILER IS HERE!
Its already quite clear that in the whole slate of festive delights BBC One has prepared for the upcoming December holidays, the latest six part TV series adaptation of famous LES MISERABLES will probably be the highlight of Christmas 2018! The series is hitting the small screens at the very end of December in UK and later in 2019 at PBS Masterpiece for the viewers in Northern America! To the delight of many, this version won't be
The new adaptation of Les Miserables will be without any singing!
a musical one! Beside Dominic West as Jean Valjean, Lily Collins as poverty stricken mother Fantine and David Oyelowo as the evil
Josh O'Connor as Marius and Ellie Bamber as Cosette
police inspector Javert, the cast also includes Olivia Colman as Madame Thénardier, Adeel Akhtar as Monsieur Thénardier, Josh O’Connor as
Dominic West is Jean Valjean in the series!
Marius and Ellie Bamber as Fantine's daughter Cosette. Legendary Derek Jacobi will play Bishop Myriel while Joseph Quinn is Enjoiras!

HUGO'S 19TH CENTURY STORY
directed by Andrew Davies, is turned into series which delves deep into the many layers of the classic novel, revelling in Jean Valjean and Javert's cat-
Dominic West and David Oyelowo as Valjean and Javert
and-mouse relationship, against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest. With striking intensity and contemporary resonance, Hugo’s novel
Olivia Colman as opportunistic Madame Thenardier
explores the struggles and triumphs of the underclass and the quest for a better life. The six part television adaptation of the renowned book will vividly
Lily Collins as poor Fantine
and faithfully bring to life the vibrant and engaging characters, the spectacular and authentic imagery and, above all, the incredible yet accessible story that was Hugo’s lifework.