Wednesday, May 22, 2024

TOBIAS SANTELMANN, JOEL KINNAMAN TO LEAD NETFLIX TV SERIES ADAPTATION OF JO NESBO'S HARRY HOLE DETECTIVE MYSTERY

   TOBIAS SANTELMANN  
TO LEAD HARRY HOLE NETFLIX TV SERIES
Netflix has unveiled Tobias Santelmann and Joel Kinnaman as leads in their TV series adaptation of Jo Nesbo's HARRY HOLE a whodunnit serial killer mystery led by famed anti-hero Harry Hole (Santelmann). Under the surface, it is a character drama about two police officers, and supposed colleagues, operating on opposite sides of the law. Throughout the first season, Harry goes head-to-head with his long time adversary and corrupt detective Tom Waaler (Kinnaman). Harry is a brilliant but tormented homicide detective who struggles with his demons. As the two navigate the blurred ethical lines of the criminal justice system, Harry must do all he can to catch a serial killer and bring Waaler to justice before it is too late. The series will stream in 2026.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

AN EPIC SERIES ON THE LAST SHAH REZA PAHLAVI OF IRAN AND HIS WIFE EMPRESS FARAH PAHLAVI IN THE WORKS

  THE LAST SHAH SERIES  
ON REZA AND FARAH PAHLAVI OF IRAN
Reza and Farah Pahlavi of Iran
The latest royal TV series announced comes from writer Morrie Rosmarin who is preparing THE LAST SHAH series which will span four decades beginning during World War II, when the young monarch, Reza Pahlavi, ascended to the throne of Iran, and ending in 1979 with the Islamic Revolution. It will be given through the eye of his third wife Farah who married the Shah in 1959 clad in a dazzling Dior gown embroidered with silver thread and pearls, designed by Yves Saint Laurent. This ultimately tragic story of a wife, mother and queen trying to save her husband, the Shah of Iran, her family, her dynasty, and her homeland will be told from the point of view of Empress Farah Pahlavi. It will depict an epic struggle for the survival of Iran’s monarchy at the crossroads of the modern world. The characters are interwoven into a compelling saga of personal relations, family crises, palace intrigue, religious upheaval and machinations of Shakespearean proportions, all set against the powder keg of a brewing revolution that will change the course of history.

SEE FIRST TRAILER FOR HISTORY DISTORTING COSTUME DRAMA MY LADY JANE ARRIVING TO PRIME VIDEO THIS SUMMER

   MY LADY JANE SERIES   
S
The series is out this June
EE THE HISTORY DISTORTING TRAILER
And not just for the blackwashing but they literally distort what really happened and change the ending in MY LADE JANE new costume TV series, could be a parody as well, which will hit Prime Video this summer June 27th based on a book by Cynthia Hand. It is sort of a fantasy drama as in it Jane Gray is not beheaded and actually becomes the queen of England. You can catch the first trailer below the post. You can also check out the first poster which is probably one of the ugliest posters we have had the displeasure to see in our lives. Such atrocity!
 IT IS BASICALLY: FUCK HISTORY!
Gird your loins for the tragic tale of Lady Jane Grey, the young Tudor noblewoman who was Queen of England for nine days and then beheaded in 1553... F*ck that. We're retelling history the way it should have happened: the damsel in distress saves herself. This is an epic tale of true love and high adventure set in an alt-universe of action, history, fantasy, comedy, romance, and rompy-pompy. Buckle up.
 

 WHO IS AT THE ROYAL COURT?
At the centre of the series is the brilliant and headstrong Jane, played by Emily Bader, who is unexpectedly crowned queen overnight and finds herself the target of nefarious villains coming for the crown (and her head) in an epic tale of true love and high adventure, where the damsel in distress saves herself, her true love and then the Kingdom. Edward Bluemel stars as Guildford Dudley her future husband and Jordan Peters as King Edward. Dominic Cooper plays Lord Seymour, Anna Chancellor plays Jane’s mother, Lady Frances Grey, and Rob Brydon plays Lord Dudley, Guildford’s father. Jim Broadbent plays the Duke of Leicester, Jane’s uncle. Additional cast includes Henry Ashton as Guildford’s brother, Stan, and Isabella Brownson and Robyn Betteridge as Jane’s sisters. Kate O’Flynn and Abbie Hern portray the King’s sisters Princess Mary and Princess Bess. Máiréad Tyers, Joe Klocek and Michael Workeye also appear.
 

FIRST IMAGE FROM TRUTH & CONVICTION WW2 SET MINI TV SERIES WITH EWAN HORROCKS AND RUPERT EVANS

  1ST TRUTH & CONVICTION 
WORLD WAR 2 TV SERIES IMAGE
Coming from Angel Studios it will be a four part mini series TRUTH & CONVICTION based on a true story. Ewan Horrocks plays Helmuth Hübener, a teenager who led a resistance group with his two friends during World War II in Hamburg, Germany. Rupert Evans will play Erwin Mussener, the SS Agent. He is intent on hunting down Helmuth, a young resistance fighter. Ferdinand McKay and Daf Thomas will also star as Helmuth’s friends and fellow resisters Karl Schnibbe and Rudi Wobbe.

Monday, May 20, 2024

TIMOTHY SPALL TO LEAD NEW COMEDY MYSTERY DETECTIVE SERIES DEATH VALLEY AT BBC

  TIMOTHY SPALL TO LEAD  
DEATH VALLEY MINI SERIES AT BBC
Coming from BBC Wales, the comedy series will follow the unlikely crime-solving partnership between eccentric national treasure John Chapel (Timothy Spall), a retired actor and star of hit fictional detective TV show, and Welsh detective sergeant Janie Mallowan (Gwyneth Keyworth). Thrown together in DEATH VALLEY by the murder of John’s neighbour, John and Janie are an odd, yet hilarious duo with opposing instincts. Every week, they get to the bottom of gripping murders, with various stunning Welsh locations providing a backdrop to their investigations. When John and Janie are not arguing about a case, they’re inevitably up in each other’s personal business. Despite their differences, they soon realise they are the closest thing each other has to a best friend, and unwittingly help one another move on from the past.

BILL NIGHY, GEORGE MACKAY, MATT SMITH, NOAH JUPE TO LEAD MOVIE ADAPTATION OF DAVID GILBERT'S & SONS BOOK

    BILL NIGHY TO LEAD   
& SONS MOVIE WITH GEORGE MACKAY
It is actually a rather stellar cast: Pablo Trapero has set Bill Nighy as the lead in & SONS movie with George Mackay, Matt Smith and Noah Jupe as his sons. Based on David Gilbert's novel it follows Andrew, a novelist best known to the world as A.N. Dyer. He wrote his first book when he was 27 and
Pablo Trapero is helming the adaptation
 it became an instant classic, selling 45M copies and creating a cult around its elusive author. Andrew wakes up one morning convinced that he is about to die. He knows that with his time on Earth dwindling he needs to set right the major relationships of his life and so he summons his sons to be with him. It’s been almost 20 years since an ‘incident’ tore apart the Dyer home. An incident that has a name – Andy. Andy’s the reason his world-famous father, Andrew, no longer speaks to his adult age sons, Richard and Jamie, nor to his ex-wife, Isabel.
However when his sons arrive, laden with their own problems, Andrew does not seek their forgiveness, as they expected, instead he tells them something so wild it couldn’t possibly be true. Or could it?

Sunday, May 19, 2024

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON HOTEL PORTOFINO PERIOD SET SERIES SEASON 3 WHICH ARRIVES THIS SUMMER

    HOTEL PORTOFINO   
THIRD SEASON IS COMING THIS SUMMER
Hotel Portofino opens this summer again
I must admit I am surprised this one got pass the first season, but it seems HOTEL PORTOFINO is returning for the third one this summer Sunday July 28th on PBS. As you know, the series takes place in the late 1920s following the Ainsworth family who move from England to the Italian coastal city of Portofino to open an upscale hotel. The story is set after World War I when the world is in a global post-war upheaval. The charming Italian seaside town with its warm climate and enchanting culture and townspeople provides the perfect respite for the elite British traveler. The main characters are Bella (Natascha McElhone) and her estranged husband Cecil (Mark Umbers) together with their son Lucian (Oliver Dench), his wife Rose (Claude Scott-Mitchell) and sister Alice (Olivia Morris). If I got it right, six episode season 3 is already available in UK on BritBox before arriving to ITV later this year in linear viewing, and also on Sky Italia and Foxtel in Australia.
  IN THE THIRD SEASON OF THE SERIES
Bella is preparing for her father and sister’s arrival but is thrown off when Cecil appears requesting a divorce. Over the weeks, Bella must decide her future as well as avoid fascist leader Danioni. But with the Wall Street stock market crash, things get worse, and Bella and Cecil lose everything. Dark secrets are exposed during another adventure in this sun-soaked 1920s Italian drama. Louisa Binder returns as Constance March, Lucian's true love interest and the nanny of his sister's daughter, Pasquale Esposito as Signor Danioni, Lily Frazer as American singer and actor Claudine Pascal, who has become Bella's best friend, and Daniele Pecci as the rich Count Albani, who is Bella's advisor and Alice's love interest. Check out the third season trailer below:
 

Saturday, May 18, 2024

HOLY JUPITER! SEE STUNNING FIRST IMAGES FROM ANCIENT ROME SET EPIC TV SERIES THOSE ABOUT TO DIE WITH ANTHONY HOPKINS, TOM HUGHES, RUPERT PENRY JONES

  THOSE ABOUT TO DIE   
EPIC SERIES FIRST IMAGES REVEALED
It will stream on Peacock in USA from July 18th as this summer's biggest and most anticipated small screen premiere, but Roland Emmerich's wildly expensive and lavish new historical series THOSE ABOUT TO DIE has released stunning first images ahead of  its streaming launch on Prime Video around Europe! While the $150 million series will be epic in scope and have the spectacle of gladiators and chariot racing, it also has unexpected characters amidst palace intrigue and a dark criminal underworld.
 
  IN THE TEN EPISODE EPIC SERIES
Anthony Hopkins stars as Emperor Vaspasian during the height of the Roman Empire when the population - bored, restless, and increasingly violent - is kept in line mainly by two things: free food and spectacular entertainment, in the form of chariot racing and gladiator fights. The races at Circus Maximus are controlled by four Patrician-owned corporations, the Blue, Red, White, and Green factions, and shares in the four factions are the most valuable things in Rome. The large scale drama is set within the spectacular, complex and corrupt world of gladiatorial sports in Ancient Rome introducing diverse characters across the many layers of Roman society where sports, politics and business intersect and collide. Emperor Vespasian of Rome and head of the Flavian bloodline, is battle tested, a rural upstart who claimed his throne after victory in a bloody 10-year civil war. He is aging and is despised by the Patricians jockeying for position in the Empire and looking to supplant his heirs to the throne the first chance they get.
 
WHO IS IN THE CAST?
 Tom Hughes will play Titus Flavianus, the elder son of Vespasian and apparent heir to the Imperial throne, while Jojo Macari will be younger son Domitian. Sara Martins will play ruthless trader Cala, Moe Hashim is her son Kwame, Gabriella Pession is politician and ruthless patrician Antonia, and Dimitri Leonidas will portray Scorpus, the preeminent charioteer of the age. Iwan Rheon, replaces Lorenzo Richelmy as ambitious crime boss Tenax! Liraz Charhi stars as Berenice, queen of the conquered Judea’s held captive in Rome, Johannes Haukur Johannesson as imposing Norse gladiator Viggo and Rupert Penry-Jones as Marsus, a wealthy patrician and retired general who desires the throne. Eneko Sagardoy, Pepe Barroso and Goncalo Almeida will play the Corsi brothers, while Kyshan Wilson is female gladiator in training Aura. Alicia Edogamhe plays a slave who is sold to Marsus and Antonia. 
 

SEE JEAN RENO IN HEARTWARMING TRAILER FOR TRUE STORY MOVIE MY PENGUIN FRIEND

  MY PENGUIN FRIEND TRAILER  
FOR JEAN RENO HEARTWARMING MOVIE
It will be out in cinemas this August in USA and September in Russia and Europe, so we have a trailer for MY PENGUIN FRIEND movie starring Jean Reno and directed by David Schurmann. This sweeping family adventure is a triumphant tale of friendship between a lonely father and
The movie is out in cinemas this summer
a little lost penguin who recharges his spirit and heals his family with an unshakable, ocean-crossing loyalty. Humble fisherman João (Jean Reno) has turned away from the world in the wake of tragedy. But when he discovers a penguin drifting alone in the ocean, drenched in oil from a spill, his first instinct is to help. To his wife’s (Adriana Barraza) dismay, he not only rescues the sea creature, but takes the flightless bird under his wing. For the first time in years João starts to feel joy, even if he cannot fathom just how unbreakable a bond is being formed. When the penguin suddenly disappears back into the immense wilds of the ocean, João believes it is impossible that he will ever see his friend again. But thousands of miles away, the penguin is caught in misadventures of his own, determined to use his unique GPS-like powers to find his way back to the place he now considers home. Based on an emotional true story that riveted the world it is a tale that traverses the magic of the ocean, the beauty of nature, and the transformative power of love.

Friday, May 17, 2024

SEE TRAILER FOR KEVIN COSTNER'S SPRAWLING WILD WEST TWO PART EPIC MOVIE HORIZON: AN AMERICAN SAGA WITH SAM WORTHINGTON, LUKE WILSON, SIENNA MILLER

  KEVIN COSTNER TRAILER 
FROM HORIZON: AN AMERICAN SAGA
First two movies arrive this summer
After the world premiere this weekend at Cannes, Kevin Costner will split his epic movie HORIZON: AN AMERICAN SAGA into two parts with the first one opening June 28th next year, and the second one in August 16th! You can see a new trailer below! Sam Worthington, Danny Huston, Sienna Miller, Tatanka Means, Luke Wilson also star in the story that follows the 15-year span of pre- and post-Civil War expansion and settlement of the American West. Experienced through the eyes of many, the epic journey is fraught with peril and intrigue from the constant onslaught of natural elements, to the interactions with the indigenous peoples who lived on the land, and the determination and at many times ruthlessness of those who sought to settle it. Costner will start production on the third part of the envisioned four part saga next month!