Wednesday, August 21, 2019

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET ROMANTIC COMEDY TRAILER WITH TYLER HOECHLIN, ALEXANDRA DADDARIO! YA FANTASY NOVEL BLOODLEAF TO BECOME EPIC TV SERIES?

      'BLOODLEAF' YA BOOK
 PRINCESS AURELIA MOVES TO TV
Here's a new fantasy series for you (if it ever gets made, that is): as Deadline reports, Cavalry Media has bought TV series rights on YA fantasy novel
A search is currently on for a writer!
  BLOODLEAF from Crystal Smith. It was published in March with second part Greythorne out next year. It follows Princess Aurelia a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Fearing her magic, the people have turned against her. After an assassination attempt, Aurelia must flee her country and disguise herself as a commoner in a distant land. As she hides in plain sight and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, exposing a wicked plot that only she can defeat and forcing her to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life.

      'CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?'
THE PITFALLS AND PLEASURES OF
The movie is out this September!
TELLING THE TRUTH
And I totally forgot to update you on this one: a new romantic comedy which will get a limited Northern American release this September! CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET, starring Tyler Hoechlin and Alexandra Daddario is a big screen adaptation of Sophie Kinsella's best selling book. Dadario plays Emma who, thinking they're about to crash, spills her secrets to a stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger... Until she later meets Jack, her company's young CEO, who now knows every
Alexandra Daddario and Tyler Hoechlin play the lead roles
humiliating detail about her. The movie, directed by Elise Duran, has already, for some reason, hit Turkish cinemas! Check out the trailer below:

SANDITON'S ROSE WILLIAMS AND REIGN'S TOBY REGBO JOIN MEDICI: POWER AND BEAUTY EPIC SERIES SEASON 3! PLUS FIRST PHOTOS FROM THE SETS

      'MEDICI: POWER AND BEAUTY'
SEASON 3 EXCLUSIVE UPDATES
The new season will air on RAI this Autumn
Medici: The Magnificent was definitely a far cry from the marvellous first season Medici: Masters of Florence, having none of its great cast and masterful storytelling, as its lead star Daniel Sharman showed a rather shocking lack of acting chops, charisma and any kind of expression or even screen presence, but RAI's most successful international project is still getting the third season and we have first photos from the sets revealing not only a new longer hair look for Sharman's Lorenzo Medici, but also Sanditon's Rose Williams who is joining the season in the role of Caterina Sforza Riario, a historical figure known as the Renaissance lioness whose defiance and ruthlessness have made her a tyrant.
Rose Williams is joining the cast as Lady Sforza Riario
She was a daughter of the Duke of Milan and the wife of Girolamo Riario (Jack Roth), Pope Sixtus IV's nephew. Reign's and Last Kingdom's Tobi Regbo is also joining the cast as painter and architect Peruzzi.

   MEDICI: POWER AND BEAUTY 
Daniel Sharman's Lorenzo will be in his 40s in the series
will be arriving to RAI this Autumn, under that new title, and will probably air later on at Netflix too. The story will be set after the terrible Pazzi Conspiracy in which Giuliano Medici (Bradley James) lost his life. Lorenzo is tormented by the desire for revenge against Pope Sixtus IV (Raoul Bova), who authorized that bloody attack, and towards Count Riario, the last survivor among the conspirators. His beloved wife Clarice (Synnove Karlsen) tries to convince him to find peace with a compromise that would save both his soul and the city. He does not see much hope even after the discovery that Giuliano left a son, Giulio, who is welcomed into the family. Lorenzo is determined to save his family and Florence even at
Synnove Karlsen returns to the role of Lorenzo's unloved wife Clarice
the price of losing his soul. As the bank's situation becomes increasingly unstable, politics pushes Lorenzo to give up the ideals of the past and his relationship with his wife Clarice also suffers, especially after he meets beautiful lady Sforza. He also continues to finance the world of art, meeting
Toby Regbo will be the new friend of the Medicis, painter Peruzzi
the great artists such as Leonardo and Michelangelo. In affirming his ever-increasing power, however, Lorenzo clashes with an unexpected enemy, the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola (Francesco Montanari), who inflames the people of Florence with his sermons against the tyranny of the Medici.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

MATTHEW MACFADYEN, MICHAEL SHEEN TO LEAD ITV/AMC QUIZ SERIES ON WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE SCANDAL! 1ST PHOTOS FROM PERIOD SET FILMS HIGH GROUND WITH SIMON BAKER, RYAN CORR, CALLAN MULVEY, JUDY AND PUNCH WITH MIA WASIKOWSKA

     FIRST 'QUIZ' PHOTO
MATTHEW MACFADYEN IS THE INFAMOUS COUGHING MAJOR
ITV and AMC have released first photo from new Who Wants to be a Millionaire? scandal TV series QUIZ they are doing together. It follows Charles Ingram (Matthew MacFadyen), a former British army major, who caused a major scandal in the early 2000s after being caught cheating his way
Sian Clifford and Matthew MacFadyen play the Ingrams in the movie
to winning £1 million on the game show! It tells how Ingram, his wife Diana and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, who was sitting in the audience, initially pulled off the on-screen heist before being caught and standing trial. Michael Sheen plays the quiz host.

     'HIGH GROUND' PHOTO 
SIMON BAKER IS BOUNTY HUNTER
First photo is also out for a new period set Australian movie HIGH GROUND starring Down Under's best boys Simon Baker, Ryan Corr and Callan Mulvey. In a remote corner of a wild country a bloody war rages in
Simon Baker plays bounty hunter Travis in the new movie
the 1930s. Travis is a bounty hunter with one last hope of redemption. Djumbatj is a young Indigenous man trying to save the last of his family. Together they embark on a manhunt, which unravels a secret that ultimately pits them against each other.

     JUDY AND PUNCH PHOTO WITH
REVENGEFUL MIA WASIKOWSKA
Speaking of Australia, check out the first photo of Mia Wasikowska in JUDY AND PUNCH, a period set crime drama set in Seaside (nowhere near
Mia Wasikowska is avenging her dead baby in the movie
the sea), where puppeteers Judy (Wasikowska) and Punch (Damon Herriman) are trying to resurrect their marionette show in an an anarchic town on the brink of mob rule.

Monday, August 19, 2019

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON MACABRE MIND BLOWING THRILLER MINI SERIES LAMBS OF GOD WITH ESSIE DAVIS, ANN DOWD, SAM REID

     'LAMBS OF GOD' 
EVERY FAIRY TALE HAS DARK SIDE
The series is based on Marele Day novel
This one has just finished its four episode run over at Australian Foxtel who produced it, but if I'm not mistaken it is also airing on HBO's inter national cable channels so most of you can probably catch it there: Gothic thriller mini series LAMBS OF GOD starring Essie Davis, Emmy Award winner Ann Dowd and Sam Reid in a four part drama which centres around three eccentric, secluded nuns, each a generation apart, living on a
You can catch the series on HBO international cable channels
remote island in a dilapidated monastery, forgotten by time and the Church – until a priest unwittingly happens upon them. Unfortunately for him, it seems, judging by the poster and the trailer below!

LAMBS OF GOD FOLLOWS
 the journey of three Catholic nuns, Sisters Iphigenia (Essie Davis), Margarita (Ann Dowd) and Carla (Jessica Barden), who are the last
Essie Davis plays sister Iphigenia in the series
remaining members of the enclosed order of St Agnes. They have forgotten the world outside until a young priest, Father Ignatius (Sam Reid), pushes his way through the undergrowth in the hope of finding prime real estate. What
Ann Dowd plays sister Margarita in the series
unfolds is a psychological and frightening game of survival; a thrilling ride in which the nuns become criminals and Father Ignatius is forced to confront his own personal weaknesses.

FERAL NUNS IN A MONASTERY
The mini series is actually a small screen adaptation of a captivating Marele Day novel, in the form of a very atmospheric and highly stylized, a lush, evocative drama that is both ancient and incredibly modern, with its timeless
Jessica Barden is the youngest sister Carla
message of resilience, and the power of storytelling as a redemptive force. Written by Sarah Lambert, this epic and fantastical tale of faith, love and redemption was directed by Jeffrey Walker.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

BBC ANNOUNCES PERIOD SET VIENNA BLOOD DETECTIVE SERIES WITH MATTHEW BEARD FROM FREUD'S ERA WITH THE FIRST PHOTO OF THE LEADING DUO!

     NEW 'VIENNA BLOOD' 
BBC PERIOD SET TV SERIES
BBC Two has announced work on new period set detective series with the first photo: VIENNA BLOOD will be a three part series based on the Liebermann novels by Frank Tallis set in 1900s Vienna, a hot bed of
Conleth Hill, Charlene McKenna, Amelia Bullmore, Louise Von Finckh also star
philosophy, science and art, where a clash of cultures and ideas play out in the city’s grand cafes and opera houses. Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard) is a brilliant young English doctor, studying under the famed psychoanalyst
Matthew Beard will be English doctor Max Liebermann
Sigmund Freud. When Max comes into contact with Oskar Rheinhardt (Juergen Maurer), an Austrian Detective Inspector struggling with a strange case, he offers his assistance. Max’s extraordinary skills of perception
Juergen Maurer is Austrian inspector Oskar Rheinhardt
and forensics, and his deep understanding of human behaviour and deviance, help Oskar solve some of Vienna’s most mysterious and deadly cases. The series will air later this year.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

BILL NIGHY IS A SUPER STYLISH TAILOR IN SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER HEARTFELT COMEDY DRAMA TRAILER

     'SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER' 
HEARTFELT BILL NIGHY TRAILER
The film will hit US cinemas in October
This one already played in UK and Australian cinemas this June but will hit US ones in October. SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER is a British comedy drama starring Bill Nighy as Alan, a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son Michael, who stormed out over a game of Scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son Peter and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family. The film is based on Triple Word Score story by Frank Boyce
The title refers to the Sometimes, Always, Never Three-Button Rule. When wearing a suit with three buttons a man should sometimes button the top button, depending on the style of the suit, always button the middle button, and never button the bottom button.

Friday, August 16, 2019

JOSHA STRADOWSKI JOINS ROSAMUND PIKE AND OTHERS IN EPIC FANTASY SERIES WHEEL OF TIME AT AMAZON AS DRAGON REBORN!

     'THE WHEEL OF TIME' 
 ADS NEW CAST MEMBERS!
Top model Josha Stradowski will be Rand al'Thor
Among all of the upcoming epic fantasy TV shows, from See and Witcher to Lord of the Rings, that we are looking forward to is also THE WHEEL OF TIME. I've announced previously that the small screen adaptation of Robert Jordan's book will be toplined by Rosamund Pike, but now Amazon has revealed other names that have joined the cast: Josha Stradowski will take the male lead as Rand al’Thor, with Marcus Rutherford cast as Perrin Aybara and Zoë Robins as Nynaeve. Barney Harris will play Mat Cauthon and Madeleine Madden will play Egwene Al’Vere.

THE WHEEL OF TIME STORY
is set in a rich fantasy world where magic exists, but only certain women are allowed to access it. Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) is a member of an incredibly powerful all-female organization, and the story follows her as she
Marcus Rutherford, Zoe Robins and Barney Harris will also star
arrives in the small town of Two Rivers and embarks on a dangerous, world spanning journey. She is joined by five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn (Josha Stradowski), who will either save or destroy humanity.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

ROMANTIC WEDNESDAY: LAST CHRISTMAS FESTIVE ROMANCE TRAILER WITH EMILIA CLARKE, HENRY GOLDING, EMMA THOMPSON! CHRISTINA MILIAN FINDS LOVE AT NEW ZEALAND IN FALLING INN LOVE TRAILER!

     'LAST CHRISTMAS' TRAILER
BRINGS A FESTIVE ROMANCE
Last Christmas arrives this November
We're having a romantic middle of the week with the first trailer for LAST CHRISTMAS romantic movie based on Wham!'s famous song which hits cinemas this November starring Emilia Clarke, Emma Thompson and Henry Golding (who's just been announced as lead in G.I. JOE spin off Snake Eyes). Kate (Clarke) harrumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year round Christmas shop. Tom (Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful
The movie will also feature a new song from George Michael
time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.



     'FALLING INN LOVE' TRAILER
FOR NEW NETFLIX ROMCOM!
Falling Inn Love streams in two weeks!
Netflix has, meanwhile, released a trailer and poster for their own romantic movie FALLING INN LOVE with Christina Milian (who is currently pregnant with French pop star Matt Pokora). The singer and actress stars alongside Adam Demos in the charming romance set in gorgeous New Zealand, which will start streaming at Netflix on August 29. Here is the official logline of the movie: When city girl Gabriela (Christina Milian) spontaneously enters a contest and wins a rustic New Zealand inn, she teams up with bighearted contractor Jake Taylor (Adam Demos) to fix and flip it. An idyllic inn, food, love and New Zealand, what more could you ask for in a movie? 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

TUDORS AND VIKINGS CREATOR MICHAEL HIRST TO PRODUCE NEW EPIC SERIES ON CHARLEMAGNE!

     'CHARLEMAGNE' SERIES
COMING FROM MICHAEL HIRST?
I must admit Quibi, the upcoming new short video platform, confuses me as they keep ordering scripted series, but the news today is that they've just
Michael Hirst will write the series
ordered CHARLE MAGNE epic series from Tudors and Vikings creator Michael Hirst. The story of the new series will be based on the 8th century wild life of Charles the Great, king of the Franks, king of the Lombards and the emperor of the Romans, who united Western Europe in Early Middle Ages amidst navigating a salacious, complicated personal life. He was married at least four times, had three illegitimate sons and has spent more than fifty years ruling as king or emperor. Of course, I'm not sure how much we can trust this would see the light of the day as Hirst has announced so many projects in recent years and none of them has happened in the end, from Vikings spin off, then The Caesars, to new Doctor Zhivago.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

BBC REVEALS AN ALL INDIAN CAST FOR THEIR PERIOD SET SERIES A SUITABLE BOY FROM ANDREW DAVIES AND MIRA NAIR BASED ON VIKRAM SETH'S NOVEL

    BBC'S 'A SUITABLE BOY' SETS
CAST FOR ALL INDIAN DRAMA
Beecham House is finished (and I really don't think it is coming back), but do not despair, spylings, we shall have another India set series to satisfy our needs for exotic places next year. As I've already announced, BBC is preparing
Ishaan Khattar will play the lead male role
A SUITABLE BOY six part series and now they've revealed the all Indian cast! Vikram Seth's novel will be adapted by Andrew Davies and Mira Nair, with the cast led by Bollywood actor Ishaan Khattar, Indian screen star Tabu and rising star Tanya Maniktala in the central role of Lata.

A SUITABLE BOY   
 tells the story of spirited university student Lata (Tanya Maniktala); coming of age in North India in 1951 at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election. It is a vast, panoramic tale charting the fortunes of four large families and exploring India and its rich and varied culture at a crucial point in its history. Lata’s mother is determined to find her a husband - A SUITABLE BOY - but Lata, torn between family duty and the excitement of romance, embarks on her own, epic journey of love and self discovery. Connected to Lata through their siblings’
Tabu and Tanya Maniktala will take on the female leads
marriage, the wayward Maan (Ishaan Khatter) is determined to enjoy life to the full whatever the consequences, much to the concern of his politician father. But could his infatuation with beautiful courtesan Saaeda Bai (Tabu) be one step too far? Their stories play out during a tumultuous period for India and reflect the wider conflict between tradition and modernity at the time, as the election looms and the country decides its destiny.

Monday, August 12, 2019

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON RUSSIAN 19TH CENTURY COSTUME SERIES DETECTIVE ANNA WHICH YOU CAN FIND ON AMAZON PRIME!

    'DETECTIVE ANNA'
FROM 19TH CENTURY MOSCOW!
You can catch Anna over at Amazon Prime
I forgot to mention this one before, but better late than never, especially as you can still catch the first season (a mammoth one with more than 50 episodes) of Russian period set series DETECTIVE ANNA over at Amazon Prime! Shot in 2016 and 2017, it stars young and captivating Aleksandra Nikiforova as a nineteenth century female detective in Imperial Russia! A whole little town was constructed for the purpose of the shooting near Moscow with streets filled with shops, palaces, mansions. A TV movie which would answer everything that was left unanswered after the end of the series was also announced, and
The series aired for a whole consecutive year at Russian television
earlier last winter Russian national television also started airing prequel series THE SECRETS OF MRS KIRSANOVA starring Olga Lerman. I might spotlight that one soon as well! The character of Anna is based on a real
A whole city with palaces, shops and a police station was built for the series
person, Russian noblewoman, religious philosopher, occultist and spiritualist Elena Blavatsky who, in the second half of the 19th century, founded the Theosophical Society. Many contemporaries considered her clairvoyant!

  THE STORY OF THE SERIES
Nineteen year old Anna, living at the end of the nineteenth century in the town of Zatonsk, unexpectedly discovers that she possesses supernatural powers.
Aleksandra Nikiforova plays the lead role of clairvoyant Anna
The spirits of the dead literally haunt her, begging to help. Aided by her visions, Anna manages to investigate and solve a number of mysterious crimes
I think that you can also find most of the episodes at YouTube
which have baffled the police. An experienced detective, 37 year old Yakov Shtolman (Dmitriy Frid), who chances to visit the town, teams up with Anna and becomes her partner in hunting down criminals.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

OLIVIA MUNN TO HEAR JUSTIN THEROUX'S VOICE IN HER HEAD IN COMEDY DRAMA VIOLET WITH JASON DOHRING, LUKE BRACEY

    'VIOLET' INDIE DRAMA
OLIVIA MUNN TO HEAR JUSTIN THEROUX'S VOICE IN HER HEAD
Well, we've all heard of people who hear voices in their heads and sometimes even turn to them for the guidance of their inner helpers, but what if that voice isn't giving you good advices but becomes your enemy? Something like that will be the story of VIOLET, a new comedy drama in which Olivia Munn plays a rising film executive who lives according to the Voice (Justin
Olivia Munn and Jason Dohring will star in Violet movie
  Theroux) in her head, until unexpectedly realizing the truth – it’s been lying about everything. Veronica Mars star Jason Dohring will play a partner at Phoenix Circle Films who has a strong and productive film making
Justin Theroux and Luke Bracey round up the male part of the cast
relationship with Violet, having funded many of her films, while Zachary Gordon will play a young film executive who’s accustomed to other people doing his work — which means his boss, Violet, picks up his slack. Laura San Giacomo, Bonnie Bedelia, Luke Bracey will also star.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

BRITISH THRILLER BARBARIANS TO SEE TOM CULLEN, WILL KEMP, IWAN RHEON, CATALINA SANDINO MORENO TOGETHER AT AN UNSETTLING COUNTRY PARTY

    'BARBARIANS' INVITES
TOM CULLEN, WILL KEMP, IWAN RHEON TO DINNER
Well, this will certainly be a hunky cast: as Screendaily reports director Charlie Dorfman has rounded up a cast for his debut thriller movie BARBARIANS for which he already wrote the script himself. Knightfall star
Iwan Rheon and Tom Cullen will dine among the Barbarians!
Tom Cullen, Reign star Will Kemp, Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon together with Connor Swindells, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Tommy McDonnell will all star in the film which already started shooting in United Kingdom this week. 

AN UNSETTLING PARTY   
The story of the new British movie is set at a dinner party in a country house that sees four friends come together for a birthday celebration. But as the
Connor Swindells and Will Kemp will also arrive to the dinner!
night progresses secrets emerge and unsettling events begin to unfold around them. Stay tuned for more news on the project this year!

Friday, August 9, 2019

DEEPLY HAUNTING TRAILER FOR RUSSIAN WORLD WAR TWO MOVIE THE CORRIDOR OF IMMORTALITY ON HEROISM OF THE CITIZENS OF LENINGRAD

    CORRIDOR OF IMMORTALITY
 BASED ON THE TRUE STORY OF HEROISM OF LENINGRAD
The only thing I have for you today is Russian historical drama THE CORRIDOR OF IMMORTALITY (Коридор бессмертия), directed by Fyodor Popov, which aired in Russian cinemas a few months ago. It follows
The film aired in Russian cinemas earlier this May
Leningrad schoolgirl Masha Yablochkina who, after the fierce winter blockade of 1941-1942 (when her hometown lost one million citizens to starvation, cold and bombardments under the siege of German and Finnish Nazis), trying to survive and gain strength, comes to the Russian railways and is sent to the construction of the Shlisselburg train line, which connects the city with the rest of the land and is in direct sight of German artillery. Under the guidance of machinist Georgy Fedorov, Masha and the rest of the heroes deliver cargo to besieged Leningrad, using all sorts of tricks to prevent the shelling of trains. The film reveals little known facts about the construction (mainly by women, as men were in war, and under constant shelling) and operation of the railway,
Artyom Alekseev and Darya Ekamasova play the lead roles
which took the brunt of the transportation and delivered 75% of military equipment and food to the besieged city for years. A 33 kilometer railway was laid along the left bank of the Neva and the southern coast of Lake Ladoga between the stations of Shlisselburg and Polyany in 17 days and worked until the city was completely liberated in January 1944.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

NEW DANCE MOVIES 'HIGH STRUNG FREE DANCE' AND 'LET'S DANCE' WILL BRING SOME RHYTHM INTO YOUR BORING SUMMER WEEK!

    'HIGH STRUNG FREE DANCE'
DREAM BIG, DANCE FREE
It's August, people, Hollywood is mostly sleeping, so your spy is going to entertain you today with some dance. Not me dancing, god forbid, just two dance movies coming up soon! HIGH STRUNG FREE DANCE is currently
Jane Seymour also stars in the dance movie
playing in Germany and will dance its way into US cinemas this October.
Zander Raines, a dazzling young choreographer (Thomas Doherty) gives the break of a lifetime to two hopeful artists when he casts a stunning contemporary dancer, Barlow and innovative pianist, Charlie (Harry Jarvis) in New York's most anticipated new Broadway show: Free Dance. But the move throws off the show's delicate creative balance when Charlie falls hard for Barlow (Juliet Doherty) while Zander embraces her as his muse. The emotions run hot igniting a roller coaster of impassioned rivalry, romance and determination. The question is, how much are these talented artists willing to risk for love?



    'LET'S DANCE'
ALL THE WAY TO PARIS!
There's also a French dance movie that has been playing around Europe throughout this year LET'S DANCE with Rayane Bensetti as Joseph, passionate dancer of hip-hop, who refuses to enter the company of his father
Let's Dance already played in French cinemas this March
in order to try his luck in Paris. With his girlfriend Emma and his best friend Karim, he joins the Paris crew of Yuri, a famous breaker, to try to win an international competition of hip-hop. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

SF TUESDAY: AMBER HEARD TO LEAD STEPHEN KING'S THE STAND EPIC SF SERIES WITH JAMES MARSDEN! NATASCHA MCELHONE AND OTHERS JOIN PABLO SCHREIBER IN HALO EPIC SF TV SERIES

    'THE STAND' SF SERIES CAST
AMBER HEARD & JAMES MARSDEN
Two pieces of news today from the sf front  that I'm a bit late in reporting! The TV series adaptation of Stephen King's THE STAND which will air over at CBS All Access is rounding up the cast. After James Marsden, the
Amber Heard will lead the cast with Marsden
latest additions are Amber Heard, Odessa Young and Henry Zaga! It has also been revealed that King will write a new ending of his story just for the show!
   THE STAND
 is set in a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108 year old other Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors.
 James Marsden will be Stu Redman, an ordinary working class factory man in an extraordinary situation with a damaged quality to him that belies his exterior. Amber Heard will be Nadine Cross, a deeply conflicted woman who feels the consequences of her actions, but is still compelled by her allegiance to Randall Flagg, the Dark Man who is the main enemy of the survivors. Odessa Young is Frannie Goldsmith, a pregnant young woman navigating a strange new world, who also has the
Henry Zaga has also been cast in The Stand sf series
foresight to recognize that there is evil lurking beyond the Dark Man. Henry Zaga will be Nick Andros, a young deaf and mute man who finds himself in a position of authority when the unthinkable happens. He has a habit of risking his own well-being for the safety of others.

    'HALO' EPIC TV ADAPTATION
BOARDS NATASCHA MCELHONE
Natascha McElhone has join Halo
Over at Showtime, they are also continuing with the casting for their epic sf series adaptation of HALO video game. Natascha McElhone has been set as the lead opposite Pablo Schreiber in the series that will depict an epic 26th century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. McElhone will play both Dr. Catherine Halsey, the brilliant, conflicted and inscrutable creator of the Spartan super soldiers and Cortana, the most advanced AI in human history, and potentially the key to the survival of the human race. Bokeem Woodbine will play Soren-066, a morally complex privateer at the fringes of human civilization. Shabana Azmi will be Admiral Margaret Parangosky, the head of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Bentley Kalu will play Spartan Vannak-134, a cybernetically augmented super soldier conscripted at childhood who serves as the defacto deputy to the Master Chief. Natasha Culzac will be Spartan Riz-028, a focused, professional and deadly, cybernetically enhanced killing machine. Kate Kennedy is Spartan Kai-125, an all-new courageous, curious and deadly Spartan supersoldier.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

BELLA DAYNE JOINS NETFLIX' ARTHURIAN LEGENDS EPIC TV SAGA CURSED AS A VIKING QUEEN! KINDNESS OF STRANGERS POSTER WITH BILL NIGHY, TAHAR RAHIM, JAY BARUCHEL, CALEB LANDRY JONES

    'CURSED' EPIC SAGA ADS
BELLA DAYNE AS VIKING CAPTAIN
Bella Dayne will be the Viking Captain
The latest one to join Netflix ten episode epic TV series based on Arthurian legends CURSED is Bella Dayne whom you remember as Helen in BBC's scandalously atrocious Troy: Fall of a City series. She joins Katherine Langford, Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgard, Peter Mullan and Matt Stokoe in the series that sees Langford playing Nimue, Lady of the Lake, who after her mother’s death, finds an unexpected partner in Arthur (Devon Terrell), a young mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin (Gustav Skarsgard) and deliver an ancient sword!
Bella Dayne will play Red Spear, a regal and ruthless Viking captain, with an eye for treasure. Loyal to no one, the Red Spear and her crew raid villages along the coast of Britain until a Fey stowaway boards her ship and entangles their fates. I've recently shown you first photos from the series which will hit the small screens next year.

    'THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS'
KINDLY RELEASES FIRST POSTER
You can also check out the first poster for Lone Scherfig's (she both directs and writes) drama THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS which is out in Europe this December with a number of well known names in the cast:  Bill
The film first premiered at Berlin Film Festival to rather poor reviews, which, at least judging from the clips over at You Tube, could be true!
Nighy, Tahar Rahim, Jay Baruchel, Caleb Landry Jones, all star in a story of four people suffering through the worst crises of their lives. The film was shown at Berlin Film Festival this year.

Monday, August 5, 2019

JAMES NORTON, TOM RILEY, BEN CHAPLIN, ELEANOR TOMLINSON, OLIVIA WILLIAMS TO LEAD JOSS WHEDON'S VICTORIAN SF SERIES THE NEVERS FOR HBO

    'THE NEVERS' FANTASY SAGA
CASTS VICTORIAN LADIES AND GENTS WITH SUPER POWERS
James Norton is Lord Hugo Swann
Earlier this week HBO has revealed the main cast for their new period set science fiction series THE NEVERS which will be headlined by two of our favourite British boys War and Peace's James Norton and Davinci's Demons' Tom Riley. Coming from Firefly and Avengers creator Joss Whedon, who will write it, direct it and produce it, it will be an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women called The Touched, who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world. Here's the cast:
Laura Donnelly will be Amalia True, the most reckless, impulsive, emotionally damaged hero of her time. A menace to stuffy Victorian society,
Tom Riley is Lord Augustus Bidlow
she would die for the cause and kill for a drink.
Olivia Williams is Lavinia Bidlow, a wealthy spinster and champion of the “Touched”,who funds the Orphanage (where Amalia and many of the Touched live) through her vast family fortune. She is stern and old fashioned, but as strong willed and clever as anyone she confronts.
James Norton is Hugo Swan, a pansexual posh boy whose charm has about five years left on its lease. He runs a secret club and a side trade in blackmail. He’s devoted to fulfilling everyone’s worst impression of him – and fascinated by the Touched.
Tom Riley is Augustus “Augie” Bidlow, a sweet, disarming nerd and Lavinia’s younger brother. A keen ornithologist, Augie is happy to let his older sister
Eleanor Tomlinson is Mary Brighton
take the reins of the family fortune. He finds the Touched unnerving, but is drawn to them by his increasing infatuation with Miss Adair, and by the schemes of his nefarious best friend, Hugo.
Ann Skelly is Penance Adair, Amalia’s dearest friend, and one of the first women to join her cause, a devout, yet heretically progressive, Irish girl, who has genius for invention. She is delighted by her power, and her default is love and acceptance. But she’s firm in her moral sense, and will be guided by what’s right over what’s expedient every time.
Ben Chaplin is Detective Frank Mundi, gruff, and deeply moral, he trusts no one, least of all himself: his reputation for sudden violence (and excessive drink) is not unwarranted. Frank finds
Laura Donnelly is Amalia True, the main protagonist!
himself caught between the powerful, who ignore the the laws of the land, and newly empowered, who ignore the laws of physics.
Death and Nightingales' Ann Skelley is Penance Adair
Poldark star Pip Torrens is Lord Massen – Staunch, unflappable and merciless in his defense of the British Empire, this former General, now Peer, may be the only man who sees clearly what havoc these few strange people can wreak upon the established order. Which he will protect, one way or another.
Nick Frost is Declan Orrun, aka The Beggar King, charismatic and brutal, he runs – or has a piece of – most of the low level criminal activity in the city. He’s perfectly happy to help Amalia  – and equally happy to sell them out. He backs winners, and the Touched are long odds.
 Rochelle Neil is Annie Carbey, aka Bonfire, a career criminal who landed the ability to control fire and is happy to hire it out. Came up rough, stayed
Olivia Williams is the funder of the Touched, Lady Lavinia Bidlow
that way, but she’s neither impulsive nor cruel just looking out for herself. No matter who she works with or for, Annie trusts only Annie, and the fire.
Ben Chaplin is gruff detective Frank Mundi!
Eleanor Tomlinson is Mary Brighton, gentle but surprisingly resilient, she pursued her dream of singing on stage. A disappointing career and a broken engagement haven’t diminished her spirit. She’s going to be great. She’s going to be very surprised how.
Rochelle Neil will portray firethrowing Bonfire Annie Carbey
Denis O’Hare is Dr. Edmund Hague, a gifted American surgeon who uses his skills in the coldest, most brutal way possible. But it’s all in the name of progress!