Thursday, July 16, 2020

NEW SET PHOTOS FROM ITALY SET EPIC TV SAGAS DOMINA ON ROMAN EMPRESS LIVIA DRUSILLA AND LEONARDO WITH AIDAN TURNER AS THE FAMOUS PAINTER


     'DOMINA' EPIC TV SERIES
1ST PHOTO OF LIVIA DRUSILLA
Set photos from two Italy set epic series today, starting with Sky Atlantic's DOMINA. The first photo isn't much but it shows Kasia Smutniak as Livia Drusilla, the mother of the emperor Tiberius who overcame adversity to
First set photos show Kasia Smutniak on a horse as Livia Drusilla
become the most powerful woman in the world! Beside Kasia, the cast also includes Liam Cunningham, Lex Shrapnel, Isabella Rossellini, Matthew McNulty, Ben Batt, Tom Forbes and Claire Forlani. Read more about the show here.

     'LEONARDO' TV SERIES
NEW PHOTOS OF AIDAN TURNER
After first four episodes that were shot prior to corona outbreak, historical series LEONARDO is back to Italy to shoot the rest of the first season and you can see new photos from the yesterday's set showing Aidan Turner as a
During the corona lockdown, Aidan has grown hair and beard for the series
bit older Leonardo da Vinci with a longer hair, courtesy of Tuscia Web. Frank Spotnitz, who also brought us Medici, is shooting this series which will air on
The series is currently shooting in mediaeval Italian town Viterbo
Rai in Italy and also in France, Spain and Germany. The series also stars James D'Arcy as Ludovico Sforza and Max Bennet as Cesare Borgia with Giancarlo Gianninni as famous Verrocchio!

Eight Part Limited Series 
will tell the incredible true story of the definitive ‘Renaissance man’. Born the illegitimate son of a notary in the rural town of Vinci, Leonardo’s lonely childhood leaves him with a relentless, near superhuman drive to understand
Aidan Turner and Carlos Cueavas at the set yesterday in Italy
everything. Under questioning by a Milanese investigator (Freddie Highmore) who holds Leonardo’s life in his hands, we come to see the terrible personal sacrifice that led him to create masterpieces that changed the way we see the world forever. The series will portray him as a gay outsider who used his work as a way of hiding his true self. Each episode will examine one of
Leonardo will allegedly be openly gay in the new series
da Vinci’s artworks for hidden clues about a tortured artist struggling for perfection. Freddie Highmore, who is also producing, will play Stefano Giraldi, a fictional police detective who frames the narrative, investigating da Vinci as the suspect in a murder case and digging into his past.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LADY OF THE LAKE EPIC TV SERIES CURSED WHICH STARTS THIS FRIDAY AT NETFLIX


  'CURSED' EPIC SERIES
BRINGS LADY NIMUE THIS FRIDAY
After Witcher last winter, and then Last Kingdom and A Letter For The King this spring, your sword and sorcery series for this summer will be
Netflix new ten part original series starts this Friday, July 17th
Arthurian legends mini series CURSED which starts this Friday, July 17th over at Netflix with  Katherine Langford leading the cast as the young
Nimue and Arthur will obviously have a love story in the series
sorceress Nimue who encounters a young King Arthur (Devon Terrell) on his quest to find a powerful and ancient sword.

Cursed Epic TV Series
based on Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler's comic book, is a re-imagination of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a young woman with
Devon Terrell plays a blackwashed king Arthur who is not even a king
a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After her mother's death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur,
Matt Stokoe is sir Gawain, the legendary Green Knight
a humble mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and
Gustaff Skarsgaard is playing a very weird new Merlin the wizard
rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther. Cursed is a coming-of-age story whose themes are familiar to our own time:
Daniel Sharman is Weeping Monk, the villain of the series
the obliteration of the natural world, religious terror, senseless war, and finding the courage to lead in the face of the impossible.

Who Else Is Cursed?
The cast of the series, which was shot last year before September and has thus escaped the predicaments of corona outbreak, also includes Gustaf
Bella Dayne plays a fierce Viking captain in the new series
Skarsgard as Merlin, Matt Stokoe as Sir Gawain The Green Knight, Bella Dayne as Viking captain Red Spear, Daniel Sharman as the Weeping
Sebastian Armesto is king Utred Pendragon in the series
Monk, with Petter Mulan, Billy Jenkins, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Sebastian Armesto as King Utred Pendragon, Ella Prebble, Scarlett Rock and Daniella
The series will include different clans of fairy people from the woods
Gad also in the lineup. This ten episode long dark fairy tale will include fairies, wizards, knights, Viking invaders, religious zealots... 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

NETFLIX PUTS HORROR IN FRENCH REVOLUTION IN NEW 18TH CENTURY EPIC ADVENTURE TV SERIES LA REVOLUTION!

  'LA REVOLUTION'
FRENCH EPIC SERIES GETS OCTOBER RELEASE AT NETFLIX
Here's a mysterious new series for you: Netflix has finished new French period set series LA REVOLUTION and is planning on releasing it in October. Not much is known about this secretive project, we only have the
The new series will stream on Netflix in October
poster and the teaser below, no actors, no photos, but I spied from our French sources that In this reimagined history of the French Revolution, the guillotine's future inventor uncovers a disease that drives the aristocracy to murder commoners.
The eight episode mix of historical adventure and horror, created by Aurelien Molas, is set in Kingdom of France, 1787. Investigating a series of mysterious murders, Joseph Guillotin - future inventor of the guillotine - discovers the existence of a new virus: blue blood. The disease spreads within the aristocracy and pushes the nobility to attack the people. This is the start of a revolt ... What if we had been lied to for more than two centuries? Here is the true story of the French Revolution…

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

NETFLIX GRABS DARREN STAR'S EMILY IN PARIS SERIES WITH LILY COLLINS AS A FASHION ICON! TRAILER FOR CHANNEL 5'S THRILLER SERIES THE DECEIVED WITH EMMETT SCANLAN

  'EMILY IN PARIS' WITH
LILY COLLINS NABBED BY NETFLIX
Trying to stack on already finished programmes ready for airing this Autumn, Netflix has bought EMILY IN PARIS series from Paramount Network. The ten episode romantic comedy series created by
The ten episode series is created and produced by Darren Star
Darren Star, sees Lily Collins playing Emily, an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, who unexpectedly lands her
Lily Collins takes the lead role of the girl who gets a job in Paris
dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company — and she is tasked with revamping their social media strategy.
Click on the photo to see some of the outfits Lily wear in the series
Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances. Lucas Bravo and Kate Walsh also star. The
The series was originally ordered by Paramount Network
series shot entirely in Paris, will have Sex and the City's Patricia Field as the costume designer, and as you can see from the photos, she has turned Emily into a chic fashion icon, a new Carrie Bradshaw.

  'DECEIVED' TRAILER
FOR CHANNEL 5'S NEW THRILLER
After Penance mini series, which was, admittedly, rather good, British Channel 5 is bringing us another thriller series this year. THE DECEIVED
The new thriller series will air sometime this year at Channel 5
will follow follows Ophelia (Emily Reid), a student who has an affair with her hot professor Dr Michael Callaghan (Emmett J. Scanlan). After Michael's
Emmett Scanlan is taking the lead role of the professor
wife Roisin (Catherine Walker) dies in a house fire, Ophelia begins to suspect that she may actually be alive. Aided by her confidante and local
The professor and his student are having an affair!
builder McKeough (Paul Mescal), a possibly pregnant Ophelia tries to figure out what is really going on, while also trying to maintain her sanity.

Monday, July 13, 2020

SPOTLIGHT ON UPCOMING ANIMATED MOVIES MUSKETEERS OF THE TSAR, AL ANDALUS, BONOBO JOE, LATTE AND THE MAGIC WATERSTONE, THE KING AND THE THIEF, VALEMON THE POLAR BEAR KING, SABA

  UPCOMING ANIMATED FILMS
 Musketeers Of The Tsar
Musketeers of the Tsar are coming from France
Today, your spy is presenting you a number of new animated movies, from all corners of the world, which are already out, will be soon or are currently in production. First we are moving over to Russia to visit MUSKETEERS OF THE TSAR in the 17th century Moscow. As Russia is beset by internal strife and power struggles, Grigori the bear, chief of the army of the young Tsar Peter I, travels to France with his daughter Dashen'ka, a young apprentice magician to perform a twofold mission: - to meet with Louis XIV and seal an alliance with France, bringing back reinforcements and his niece Princess Agnes from Versailles, who is to be married to Peter - and to bring back a mysterious relic from the Mont Saint
Paul Brizzi and Gaetan Brizzi are directing the movie
Michel, the broken spear that once belonged to the archangel Michael and that will be used to fight the terrible dragon of evil that was stirring in the North of Russia. Through fast-moving chases, collisions, on-ship action, magic, humour
The movie is being produced in English language
and emotion, will the Musketeers of the Tsar be able to rescue young Peter from the plot hatched by his sister the Grand Duchess Sophia, Tchernogor, her counsellor with a passion for dark magic and the ruthless wolverine Streltsys?

 Al Andalus From France
Cordoba city - 11th century. This story takes place in Andalucía, in the radiant city of Cordoba ; a safe haven where Christians and Muslims live together in harmony in the realm of their enlightened leader, the Calife. Amin, a young orphan, lives at the frenetic pace of the cultural cross roads that is
Djillali Defali is directing the animated adventure
this fascinating city. Scientists, astronomers, philosophers, artists… Amin’s path will be filled with extraordinary encounters! But Cordoba and it’s harmony are being threatened, a gang of religious fanatics wants to take over the city! Amin will have to risk his life to protect the city, and prevent Cadi Faïz, the calife’s brother, from taking over Cordoba…

Bonobo Joe From France & Ireland
is a family film about a straight-laced bonobo ape paired up with a hare-brained orangutan named Beanie to go on a mission as the first earthlings to step foot on Mars. Their rocket loses power and crash-lands in the jungle where Joe was born. Comedy and high-octane action develop as our
Clifford Parrott and Will Finn are directing the movie
squabbling heroes must go on a jungle safari to recover a mysterious alien power source known as Tipsytozium. On their quest, Joe learns who he really is and how he ended up in the space programme. In order to save the Mars mission and the world itself, they must track down a chimpanzee scoundrel who’s stolen Tipsytozium for his own nefarious plan to claim Mars as his planet of the apes!

Latte And The Magic Waterstone
Latte has already aired in German cinemas
comes from Germany and Belgium. Latte is not an ordinary and cuddly little hedgehog! She is full to the brim with energy and an almost too vivid imagination. When one day the animals of the forest wake up to discover that the magic waterstone has gone missing and that the forest is facing a drought that will lead them all to extinction, Latte bravely and loudly, announces that she herself will recover the magic waterstone from Bantur the dispicable Bear King. Much to her dismay, Tjum the squirrel is assigned to join her. But both Latte and Tjum will have to
Regina Welker and Nina Wels directed the animated adventure
overcome their dislikes and learn to work together as a team as the two sudddenly find themselves on the most challenging adventure of their life.

The King And The Thief
will arrive to us from Netherlands.  After the murder of his father, young prince Charlemagne is next in line to become the Christian King of the Franks. The pagan thief Elegast has been accused of the murder of the king.
The King and the Thief is coming from Netherlands
Charlemagne decides to personally capture Elegast and seeks the help of three witches. The witches magically transform Charlemagne from a decent prince into a wild looking pagan. Charlemagne manages to find Elegast, but learns he
Albert Hooft and Paco Wink are directing the movie
has been wrong all along. In the meantime back at the castle the real king slayer, Eggeric, has seized power. Now Charlemagne and his once mortal enemy must work together to prove Elegast’s innocence and restore Charlemagne back into the throne.

Valemon The Polar Bear King
Coming from Norway,  Valemon – The Polar Bear King is an animated fairytale musical for the whole family with drama, romance and humor. The
Hans Jorgen Sandnes and Maja Lunde are directing the feature
animated film coming from the land of Norway is based on one of the most famous and dear stories from the Norwegian fairy tale tradition.

Saba is currently in production over in France
Saba From France
1938, Ethiopia. Italian troops are ravaging the country. Emelyia, a 10-year-old girl decides to rescue her parents captured by the Fascists. Embarked in her very first adventure, from the Danakil Desert with the Afar people, to the shores of the Red Sea with pearl divers, up to the cities of Sanaa and Marib in Yemen, our heroine will learn how to deal with risk and hazards of life. By boat, plane or camelback, Emelyia’s trip will turn into a real life changing experience.
Alexis Ducord and Benjamin Massoubre are directing this film
Through her journey, the young African girl will reunify against the oppressor all the people who, centuries ago, belonged to the kingdom of the Queen of Saba.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

BBC RELEASES TRAILER AND AIRING DATE FOR THEIR SPRAWLING INDIA SET TV SAGA A SUITABLE BOY BASED ON VIKRAM SETH'S CLASSIC NOVEL

  'A SUITABLE BOY' TRAILER
FOR NEW BBC'S INDIA SET SERIES
Although it was expected this spring or at the end of the year, BBC has decided to launch their all Indian period set series A SUITABLE BOY this month July 26th (there might be a clash with ITV's Singapore Grip on Sunday
A Suitable Boy will start airing July 26th, Sunday, on BBC One
nights). You can check out the trailer for the six episode small screen adaptation of Vikram Seth's novel directed by Mira Nair and written by War and Peace and Les Miserables scribe Andrew Davies.

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
Tabu, who plays a courtesan, is a massive star in India
democratic general election. Lata’s mother is determined to find her a husband – a suitable boy – but Lata, torn between family duty and
Vikram Seth's book is considered one of the longest in English language
the excitement of romance, embarks on her own, epic journey of love and self-discovery. Connected to Lata through their siblings’ marriage, the wayward
The series will air in six hourlong episodes this summer
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?
The whole series was shot entirely in India featuring an all Indian cast
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.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

LUCY LIU TO LEAD NEW MULTICAM COMEDY AT ABC KIDS MATTER NOW, PLUS OTHER SITCOMS WITH A FULL SEASON ORDER!

  LUCY LIU TO LEAD
NEW MULTICAM SITCOM AT ABC
While we are waiting for their new summer comedy United We Fall to start next Wednesday, which will be their only new comedy till Autumn
Lucy Liu will return to TV with the new sitcom
when Kyra Sedgwick's Call Your Mother sitcom starts, ABC is also going forward with new workplace multicam sitcom which will star Lucy Liu.
  The new comedy, working title is KIDS MATTER NOW, and it was also known as BOSSY, will see her playing Devin, the fierce and powerful head of Shelter, a large and successful modern furniture company. She is a force and is unfamiliar with failure. But when Devin adopts a baby, she is ill-prepared for the task of parenting and feels at a complete loss as to how to be a mom.
Created by one of Friends' writer Shana Goldberg Meehan, it will start shooting as soon as corona allows, together with single camera comedies HOME ECONOMICS (starring Topher Grace, about three adult siblings: one in the 1%, one middle class and one barely holding on) and Tone Bell's WORK WIFE about a duo of real estate agents whose professional success, personal friendship and ability to share deodorant makes their lives work.

Friday, July 10, 2020

JUDE LAW IS CAPTAIN HOOK IN DISNEY'S PETER PAN AND WENDY! MIRA NAIR TO DIRECT JUNGLE PRINCE OF DELHI TV SERIES FOR NETFLIX

 'PETER PAN & WENDY'
JUDE LAW IS CAPTAIN HOOK
I don't, for the life of me, know why would anyone want another adaptation of Peter Pan, especially as all the recent ones were deadly dreary
Jude Law has been offered the role of Captain Hook
and ghastly suffocating, but for some reason Hollyweird is making another PETER PAN AND WENDY movie and they don't give a damn what we think. But at least Captain Hook will be good as they've just cast Jude Law in the role. Disney is making a live action remake of their 1953 animated movie with David Lowery at the helm and with the story based on JM Barrie’s novel about the free spirited Peter Pan who takes Wendy Darling and her siblings John and Michael to Neverland, a magical land where children never grow up. Earlier this year it has been announced that British actor Alexander Molony will play Peter Pan, while newcomer Ever Anderson is set to become Wendy.

  'THE JUNGLE PRINCE OF DELHI'
TO BECOME NETFLIX TV SERIES
Maybe sounding a bit more fun is new TV series project over at Netflix who have hired Mira Nair to direct an international TV series adaptation of THE JUNGLE PRINCE OF DELHI, the New York Times exposé about the fake royal family of Oudh! As Deadline reports, the movie will bring us the
Prince Cyrus, left, and princess Sakina, with a man servant in Delhi, 1998
story of the eccentric royal family of Oudh, deposed aristocrats living in a ruined palace in the Indian capital, claiming to be the heirs to a fallen kingdom. Written by Ellen Barry, it turns out that Prince Cyrus, who claimed to be a member of the Muslim kingdom captured by the British East India company in the 19th century was in fact Mickey Butt, the son of the registrar of Lucknow University.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

DISNEY'S THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN BRINGS AN INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY TO THE SMALL SCREENS WITH SAM ROCKWELL, DANNY DEVITO, HELEN MIRREN, CHAKA KHAN

  THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN
GOES STRAIGHT TO DISNEY PLUS
Here is the latest one among Disney's movies which will go straight to Disney + instead of airing in cinemas: THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN will stream there August 14th after many, many years in preparation. With voices
Ivan will stream from August 14th at Disney Plus
from Sam Rockwell, Danny De Vito, Helen Mirren, Angelina Jolie, Bryan Cranston and Chaka Khan, the film tells the story of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who learns that life isn't defined by place and circumstance but by the power of friendship and the courage to make change happen. It is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization and the significance of the place one calls home. Ivan is a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant, Bob the dog, and various other animals. He has few memories of the jungle where he was captured, but when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it touches something deep within him. Ruby is recently
The movie is based on an incredible true story
separated from her family in the wild, which causes him to question his life, where he comes from and where he ultimately wants to be. The heartwarming adventure, which comes to the screen in an impressive hybrid of live-action and CGI, is based on Katherine Applegate's bestselling book! 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

DOMINIC WEST, DAMIAN LEWIS TO LEAD COLD WAR THRILLER TV SERIES A SPY AMONG FRIENDS! LAST KINGDOM EPIC TV SERIES RENEWED FOR SEASON 5


 'A SPY AMONG FRIENDS'
DOMINIC WEST & DAMIAN LEWIS
Damian Lewis will also executive produce
Cannot say I'm a fan of Cold War thriller genre, but I certainly am a fan of these two great British gents: Damian Lewis and Dominic West will star together in a mini TV series adaptation of Ben Macintyre's book A SPY AMONG FRIENDS over at Spectrum and BritBox (as the first original series for BBC's an ITV's streaming service). They will also produce the six episode series which is currently set for Autumn 2021 airing time.

A Spy Among Friends follows the defection of notorious British intelligence officer and KGB double agent, Kim Philby (Dominic West), through the lens of his complex relationship with MI6 colleague and close friend, Nicholas Elliott (Damian Lewis). The show examines espionage through their friendship, the fallout of which affects East-West relations to this day. Philby was a British
Dominic West gave an outstanding performance in Les Miserables
spy who notoriously defected to the Soviet Union in the 1950s, betraying secrets to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. He and Elliott entered the spy game together, but as they rose through the MI6 ranks, Philby turned double agent.

 'THE LAST KINGDOM'
RENEWED FOR SEASON 5!
In other TV news, as it was expected, Netflix has renewed their ultra popular mediaeval series THE LAST KINGDOM for fifth season,
Last Kingdom will return for season five
based again on the books from Bernard Cornwell’s best selling The Saxon Stories saga. Season 5 will be based on the ninth and tenth novels: The Warriors of the Storm and The Flame Bearer. Brand new ten episodes will continue to follow the adventures of Uhtred of Bebbanburg (Alexander Dreymon), a warrior born a Saxon but raised as a Dane, in ninth and tenth century England. Charged with training King Edward’s first-born son Aethelstan as a warrior, Uhtred’s ambition will have an even higher purpose. But to achieve this destiny, Uhtred will have to face down his greatest enemy and suffer his greatest loss.