Wednesday, April 25, 2018

ANIMATED WEDNESDAY: CRAZY TRAILERS FOR ANIMATED ADVENTURES 'SMALLFOOT' AND 'HERE COMES THE GRUMP'! SOFIA VERGARA TO PRODUCE 'KOATI' SOUTH AMERICAN JUNGLE ANIMATED MOVIE

SOFIA VERGARA  
TO PRODUCE 'KOATI' ADVENTURE
Koati will be presented for sales at Cannes!
Animation all the way today, starting with the news from Sofia Vergara who will produce and voice animated movie KOATI directed by Rodrigo Perez Castro who worked on Ferdinand and Ice Age movies. The movie will revolve around three unlikely heroes: a free spirited coati (a raccoon-like animal found mainly in Central and South America), a fearless monarch butterfly, and a hyperactive glass frog as they embark on an adventure to stop a wicked coral snake (Vergara) from destroying their homeland and friends.The coming of age story, filled with kind-hearted spirit and positivity, will present us with Latin American jungles, the Amazonian rainforest, and all the fun and cute exotic creatures that call them ‘home’. The movie will try to find distributors at this year's Cannes Film Festival open for foreign sales.
'HERE COMES THE GRUMP'  
TURN UR FROWN UPSIDE DOWN
Grump arrives next month around Europe
Speaking of Ice Age, the writer of its Meltdown sequel Jim Hecht is penning another crazy new animated adventure HERE COMES THE GRUMP now known as A WIZARD'S TALE which should hit European cinemas this May! The voice cast includes Lily Collins, Ian McShane and Toby Kebbell
Balloon kingdoms, dopey police dragons and happy wizards are exactly how Terry remembered his Grandmother's whacky fairy tales. Except they are real and it's definitely not as 'cheerful'.



'SMALLFOOT'  
GETS A BIG NEW TRAILER!
SmallFoot arrives this September!

New trailer and poster have been released for animated adventure directed by Karey Kirkpatrick (he directed Over the Hedge and wrote children's classics Charlotte's Web, Chicken Run, James and the Giant Peach, The Spiderwick Chronicles), SMALLFOOT It has the story revolving around a Yeti called Migo (with the voice from Channing Tatum) who is convinced that the elusive creatures known as "humans" really do exist. Beside Channing Tatum as Migo, the voice cast also includes James Corden as Percy, a human, Common as Stonekeeper, LeBron James as Gwangi, Gina Rodriguez as Kolka, Danny DeVito as Dorgle, who are all yetis!

WATER EVERYWHERE: 'ADRIFT' SURVIVAL MOVIE POSTER IS HERE WITH SAM CLAFLIN, SHAILENE WOODLEY! KASSANDRA MONTAG'S APOCALYPTIC NOVEL 'AFTER THE FLOOD' SELLS MOVIE RIGHTS

'AFTER THE FLOOD'  
SOLD FOR MOVIE ADAPTATION
The book hasn't even been published yet!
Tons of water, that is our topic today, starting with Kassandra Montag's novel AFTER THE FLOOD which is to be released next year but it has already been sold for a movie adaptation to Chernin Entertain- ment! The story is set in a post apocalyptic 2130. The Earth has been flooded, leaving an archipelago of mountaintops surrounded by water. Myra and her young daughter join a large ship searching for safe haven. Her oldest daughter, Row, was kidnapped during the flood. When Myra convinces the crew to head north in an effort to rescue Row, the decision changes everyone’s fate.

   NEW 'ADRIFT' POSTER
STARRING SAM CLAFIN AND SHAILENE WOODLEY
The movie is directed by Baltasar Kormakur
First poste has, meanwhile, been released for Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley movie ADRIFT based on the true story of two avid sailors who set out on a journey across the ocean in 1983. Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp didn't anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins, and must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. The movie hits cinemas around the world this June and July!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WEDDING MONDAY: 'ANOTHER KIND OF WEDDING' ENSEMBLE COMEDY WITH KATLHEEN TURNER, KEVIN ZEGERS! 'CRAZY RICH ASIANS' TRAILER WITH MICHELLE YEOH, HENRY GOLDING, CONSTANCE WU

'ANOTHER KIND OF WEDDING'  
 TRAILER WITH KATHLEEN TURNER AND KEVIN ZEGERS
The movie does not have a release date
Wedding theme Monday, today, people! First up, an ensemble comedy movie ANOTHER KIND OF WEDDING or SOMEONE ELSE'S WEDDING which follows a fractured family which is forced to confront what tore them apart at the eldest son's wedding. The cast of the movie which has been circling movie festivals this spring is led by 80s superstar Kathleen Turner and also includes Canadian heartthrob Kevin Zegers alongside Frances Fisher, Wallace Shawn, Luke Kirby, Jessica Pare and Jessica Parker Kenedy! Actor Pat Kiely is directing. 



'CRAZY RICH ASIANS' TRAILER  
STARRING MICHELLE YEOH AND HENRY GOLDING
Crazy Rich Asians hit cinemas this August
The first trailer has been released for one of the first US big studio all Asian cast movies made for Northern American audience CRAZY RICH ASIANS, a romantic comedy based on the book trilogy of the same name by Kevin Kwan.
Directed by John M. Chu, CRAZY RICH ASIANS revolve around Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), an American born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick's (Henry Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he's perhaps the most
Henry Golding and Constance Wu lead the cast
eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down. Michelle Yeoh plays Nick's mother who isn't herself all too thrilled by her son's girlfriend. The movie hits cinemas this August.

Monday, April 23, 2018

ROYAL SPOTLIGHT ON THE FINAL SEASON OF 'VERSAILLES' EPIC TV SERIES WITH GEORGE BLAGDEN, ALEXANDER VLAHOS! CHARACTER PHOTOS!

'VERSAILLES' FINAL SEASON 
FAREWELL TO FRENCH COURT!
It's the saddest and the happiest of news, spylings! New season of French English language epic saga VERSAILLES is finally arriving to Canal + next
The third and also final season arrives tomorrow in France!
week, Monday, April 23rd, but it is, alas, the final season as well! After three years, Louis XIV's royal court is closing its gates on us. I can't say I didn't
George Blagden is again King Louis XIV the Sun King of France
predict it, although fun at times, the series never really became an opulent historical saga it could have been, opting to fill its second season with
The final season will see Louis becoming a crazy absolutist.
mediocre court intrigues, unnecessary mysticism and lack of dynamics and splendour turning it into a doomed snoozefest which tried to save its ratings
Judging from the photos the final season will be more opulent!
with full naked ladies. Hope the third season finishes the whole affair in a dignified style! The final season arrives on Ovation in USA in October and this spring in UK on BBC2.

THE END OF A REIGN, THE BEGINNING OF A LEGEND
Louis has settled the Poison Affair and won the war against Holland. Nothing seems to be able to thwart his ambitions: to expand his empire and impose his
Royal brothers Philippe and Louis will meet another brother under Iron Mask?
power on the whole of Europe. But his dreams have a cost, the people are tired of paying and revolts are roaring... At VERSAILLES too, new challenges
Rory Keenan stars as Holy Roman Emperor Leopold
await Louis. Maintenon, his new favorite, leads him into an absolutist assertion which is not without causing considerable dissension in the Court.
Matthew McNulty, who is no stranger to Epic series, is new cast member
Gradually, Louis no longer tolerates any dissent, be it his people, Protestants, or the Pope himself. Yet a threat hangs over Louis, in the form of a mysterious prisoner concealed behind a mask ...

KING LOUIS XIV OF FRANCE
Played by George Blagden. Between the arrival of Leopold, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, and that of Cardinal Leto, representing the Vatican, Louis is largely occupied by the control of Europe, while in Paris, the people are becoming irritated by taxes.

DUKE PHILIPPE D'ORLEANS
King's brother is played by Alexander Vlahos. He tries to unravel the mystery of a masked man, The Iron Mask, whose existence threatens the very foundations of the Monarchy. His secret could question the legitimacy of Louis and Philippe. Who is he ? How to silence it?
QUEEN MARIE THERESE
Louis' wife is played by Elisa Lasowski. Sister-in-law of Emperor Leopold, Marie Thérèse succumbs to his charms and goes to support her lover rather than her husband. A very dangerous game.

 FABIEN MARCHAL
The king's security expert is played by amazing Tygh Runyan. Fabien's loyalty will be put to the test. He's troubled by Sophie's return to Versailles.
MADAME DE MAINTENON
King's new lover is played by Catherine Walker. After the dismissal of slutty Madame de Montespan's from the court, Maintenon became Louis's favorite. But despite the many solicitations of the King, she refuses him.

PRINCESS PALATINE
Duchess of Orleans is played by Jessica Clark. A fierce opponent of Maintenon, who removed her newborn baby to send her to royal nurseries in Paris, she will contribute to the reconciliation of Philippe and his idiotic and egotistic lover Chevalier (played by Evan Williams above) and finally reform their scandalous “ménage à trois”. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

MICHAEL B. JORDAN TO SAVE MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN 'JUST MERCY'! NETFLIX ORDERS 'LUNA NEGRA' 17TH CENTURY ITALIAN WITCHCRAFT SERIES, ABI MORGAN WRITING 'CLEOPATRA' SERIES?

MICHAEL B. JORDAN 
TO STAR IN 'JUST MERCY' DRAMA
Well, he is currently certainly in massive demand over in Hollywood: super handsome, charismatic and popular, Michael B. Jordan will first burn some
Michael will play legendary activist Bryan Stevenson
books after his gig in Black Panter in HBO's new take on Fahrenheit 451, and then he will prove he has serious acting chops in JUST MERCY. Set for January 2020, the movie shadows world renowned civil rights defence attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free.The focus will be on his first case, Walter McMillian, a young black man sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. Despite his airtight alibi, McMillian was convicted and spent six years on death row before being exonerated.
Michael B. Jordan is also expected to star in new TV series RAISING DION about a widowed single mom who discovers that her son has super powers and tries to figure out how to raise him safely and responsibly.

NEW EPIC TV SERIES
AMAZON'S 'LUNA NEGRA'
When it comes to possible new historical series, Netflix has announced development of Italian epic series LUNA NEGRA (Black Moon) which will be
None of Cleopatra projects has been realized so far
produced by Fandango set in the 17th century with the story based on an unpublished manuscript about women accused of witchcraft who find power in their unity.
NEW CLEO PATRA?
British 'Digital Spy' is meanwhile reporting on screenwriter Abi Morgan who is, apparently, gathering an all female team in order to develop a ten part series on CLEOPATRA which will follow the Egyptian Queen’s life from the age of 16 focusing on her and her sisters. They're trying to pitch the series to an USA streaming service. I also reported last spring that Black Sails team is also working on a CLEOPATRA series together with Amazon, but we haven't heard anything about it since. Earlier this January it was also announced that Freeform will also do a series on her. There we also stories that Denis Villeneuve will shoot CLEOPATRA film for Sony last Autumn.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

LILY COLLINS TO FIGHT MOTHER NATURE IN 'TITAN'! MICHELLE WILLIAMS JOINS JULIANNE MOORE IN 'AFTER THE WEDDING'! AMAZON TO DEVELOP 'EAST OF WEST' AND 'TRANSHUMAN' SF SERIES

LILY COLLINS TO FIGHT 
Lily Collins will topline Titan
MOTHER NATURE IN 'TITAN'
While we are waiting to see her as Tolkien's darling wife next to always charming Nicholas Hoult as the father of the Lord of the Rings, lovely Lily Collins will first have to survive a terrible ordeal and angry Momma Nature!
She will star in Austin Bunn's movie TITAN as Emma, a strong willed young musician on a quest to understand the life of her environmental activist older sister, who was killed years before in a tragic fall. Emma seeks out Justin, a former member of the movement, who reluctantly agrees to take her to the same remote redwood grove that claimed her sister. Emma soon finds herself in serious peril, forced to face off with Mother Nature in a relentless fight for survival.

AMAZON'S NEW SF SERIES 
'EAST OF WEST' & 'TRANS HUMAN' FROM JONATHAN HIOCKMAN
Amazon is searching for a major sf show
New sf shows are arriving to Amazon! They will develop series out of Jonathan Hickman's graphic novels EAST OF WEST and TRANS HUMAN! He will produce the shows himself. EAST OF WEST is set in a Western landscape where America is divided into seven nations. As 'Deadline' reports today, this iconic science fiction series follows “Death” as he braves his fellow riders, monsters, and corrupt gunslingers in his quest to save his mortal family from the Apocalypse. TRANSHUMAN is a sf drama set in the near future. The story revolves around a divorced couple, who ran rival major corporations, offering humans the ability to genetically and robotically enhance themselves.

'AFTER THE WEDDING'
MICHELLE WILLIAMS JOINS JULIANNE MOORE IN THE CAST!
Michelle Williams joins Julianne Moore
In other interesting casting news from the movie world today, 'Variety' has reported that Oscar winner Michelle Williams has joined another Oscar winner Julianne Moore in the North American movie remake of AFTER THE WEDDING! Bringing a different take on the original Danish movie directed by Susanne Bier’s this new English language version will have two leading female characters instead of the male ones. The story follows Isabel (Michelle Williams), who runs a dilapidated orphanage outside of Calcutta, and who travels to New York to meet the New York millionaire (Julianne Moore) who has provided money for the orphanage. After the millionaire’s wedding to which she was invited, a mystery unravels!

Friday, April 20, 2018

'GOD'SOWN COUNTRY'S ALEC SECAREANU JOINS IMELDA STAUNTON IN ROMOLA GARAI'S 'OUTSIDE'! TARON EDGERTON TO SING ELTON JOHN'S SONGS IN 'ROCKETMAN' MUSICAL BIOPIC! NATGEO'S 'GENIUS' SERIES TO FOLLOW MARY SHELLEY IN SEASON 3!

ROMOLA GARAI'S 'OUTSIDE'  
CASTS ALEC SECAREANU NEXT TO LEGEND IMELDA STAUNTON
Alec was amazing in God's Own Country
I know that you probably fell deeply in love with him after his outstandingly convincing and radiant performance in God's Own Country, one of the most brilliant movies in recent ten years, just as we sure did, and now you're gonna see some more of wonderful Alec Secareanu! He will join ultimate acting legend Imelda Staunton and Carla Juri in Romola Garai's directing debut.
Contained horror movie OUTSIDE, based on Romola Garai's own script, brings the tale of a young male refugee traumatised by war who is brought to a dilapidated house in order to care for a woman and her dying mother. Falling in love with the younger woman he begins to suspect she is enslaved to a demon and resolves to fight the creature and rescue the woman he loves... but all is not what it seems.

TARON EDGERTON TO SING
ELTON JOHN'S SONGS IN HIS 'ROCKETMAN' MUSICAL BIOPIC
Taron Edgerton has the most amazing voice
Paramount has, meanwhile, confirmed that Taron Edgerton will use his unbelievable vocal talent and his smooth, seductive voice in ROCKETMAN an Elton John biopic! As 'Deadline' reports, Dexter Fletcher directed musical movie will follow the famous pop star through the course of his most iconic life.
The film covers the singer/ pianist’s growth from a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to a global superstar, through his influential and enduring musical partnership with his songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin. It is an unvarnished rock ‘n’ roll biopic with John’s life stripped back of the glitter. It is interesting that Fletcher has just finished helming another musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody on Queen in which Rami Malek plays Freddy Mercury. You will be watching Taron Edgerton first in new Robin Hood movie!

'GENIUS' SEASON 3
 TO FOCUS ON MARY SHELLEY!
Mary Shelley will be the third season Genius
While we're waiting for the second season of National Geographic's anthology series GENIUS to start this month with Antonio Banderas as Picasso, after Geoffrey Rush played Albert Einstein in the first one, the channel has renewed the series for third season as well revealing that it will focus on Mary Shelley, the writer of what is considered to be one of the first horror novels in history, Frankenstein. Later on she also pretty much created the Post Apocalyptic genre with her novel The Last Man. She was inspired by her mother Mary Wollstonecraft who was also a writer and by her husband famous poet Percy Shelley. She was one of few women to support herself as an author during the early 18th century, and her inner circle included countless literary and scientific luminaries of the day, including Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge! She died of brain tumour after pretty much outliving all of her family, including three of her four children.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

IAIN GLEN, KEELEY HAWES JOIN RUTH WILSON IN 'MRS WILSON' BBC PERIOD SET SERIES! SCARY NEW 'JURASSIC WORLD 2' TRAILER AND POSTER WITH CHRIS PRATT, BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD

'MRS WILSON'  BBC SERIES
KEELEY HAWES, IAIN GLEN JOIN RUTH WILSON IN NEW DRAMA
BBC has revealed full cast and 1st photo for their new three part period set drama MRS WILSON based on memoir of Ruth Wilson's (she plays the lead) grandmother and her family’s complicated history. Iain Glen, our dearest Keeley Hawes and Fiona Shaw will also star!
YOUR HUSBAND IS MY HUSBAND  
Set between 1940s and 1960s London, the series follows Alison Wilson, who thinks she is happily married until her husband dies and a woman turns up on her doorstep claiming that she is the real Mrs. Wilson. Alison is determined to
The series will on PBS Masterpiece in USA
prove the validity of her own marriage - and Alec’s (Iain Glen) love for her - but is instead led into a world of disturbing secrets. Alexander Wilson was a writer, spy and secret service officer who served in the First World War before moving to India to teach as a Professor of English Literature, where he began writing spy novels.


'JURASSIC WORLD 2' TRAILER  
BRINGS SCARY NEW DINOSAURS
Dinos are back this June!
And something entirely different, new posters and trailer have been revealed for JURASSIC WORLD 2: FALLEN KINGDOM alongside some new photos from Entertainment Weekly! The trailer shows some new dinosaurs revealing that the movie will be a horror as much as an adventure.

THE PARK IS GONE!
Out this June,  the movie is set four years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, and now Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to Isla Nubar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active
The new movie reinvents the saga with new horror movie suspense
and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the
The movie was shot in the United Kingdom and on Hawaii
natural order of the entire planet. Life has found a way, again. Jeff Goldblum, utterly gorgeous Rafe Spall and Toby Jones also star.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

IAN SOMERHALDER TO LEAD 'V-WARS' VAMPIRE SERIES FOR NETFLIX! 'IDEAL HOME' TRAILER WITH PAUL RUDD, STEVE COOGAN AS A VERY GAY COUPLE

IAN SOMERHALDER  
 TO LEAD 'V-WARS' AT NETFLIX
Ian has previously starred in Vampire Diaries
Netflix has ordered a ten episode small screen adaptation of Jonathan Mabbery's best selling book V-WARS and has set Ian Somerhalder as the lead star!
In the series that chronicles the first Vampire War, he will be Dr. Luther Swann, who enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne, into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these “vampires.” Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires.

  'IDEAL HOME'
SEES PAUL RUDD AND STEVE COOGAN BLISSFULLY GAY
The comedy has already played in Australian cinemas
First trailer and poster have been released for June 2018 comedy IDEAL HOME starring Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan and Jake McDorman.  In this hilarious comedy movie Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd star as Erasmus and Paul, a bickering gay couple whose life is turned inside out when a ten-year old boy shows up at their door claiming to be Erasmus' grandson. Neither Paul, nor Erasmus, are ready to give up their extravagant lifestyles to be parents, but maybe this little kid has thing or two to teach them about the value of family. Jake McDorman plays Erasmus' son who goes to jail and leaves his son to his father.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

PERIOD SET MONDAY: NEW CHARACTER PHOTOS FOR BBC'S VICTORIAN DRAMA 'WOMAN IN WHITE' WITH BEN HARDY, JESSIE BUCKLEY, DOUGRAY SCOTT, CHARLES DANCE! JULIAN FELLOWES WRITING 'THE ROTHSCHILDS' 19TH CENTURY SAGA


  'THE WOMAN IN WHITE'
NEW BBC SERIES WITH BEN HARDY AND JESSIE BUCKLEY
BBC has revealed new character photos from their five part TV adaptation of Wilkie Collins' THE WOMAN IN WHITEwhich starts airing this Sunday, April 22nd!
  IN THE WOMAN IN WHITE
 Walter Hartright (Ben Hardy), a young drawing master, encounters a ghostly woman dressed all in white on Hampstead Heath. He offers her
Young Ben Hardy leads the cast of the Victorian drama
assistance, but is later shocked to discover she has escaped from a lunatic asylum. The next day, Walter leaves London to take up a teaching post in the
Olivia Vinall and Jessie Buckley play the female leads in the series
village, working for Mr Frederick Fairlie (Charles Dance), where he learns of a connection between his charming pupils, Laura Fairlie (Olivia Vinall) and
Jessie Buckley returns to BBC after War and Peace and Taboo
Marian Halcombe (Jessie Buckley), and the mysterious woman in white: she’s known to the household as Anne Catherick, a mentally handicapped
We haven't seen Dougray Scott on BBC in a very long time!
child who grew up in the village. Over the next few months, Walter and Laura Fairlie fall deeply in love, however she is already promised in marriage to a
Charles Dance is Mr Frederick Fairlie in the series
baronet - Sir Percival Glyde (Dougray Scott). When Laura receives a vicious letter attacking Sir Percival, Walter thinks Anne, who has recently returned to
Art Malik plays Erasmus Nash in the series
the village, might be responsible. He confronts her, only to uncover a chilling truth about Laura’s betrothed – that it was he who put Anne in the asylum.



  'THE ROTHSCHILDS'
 JULIAN FELLOWES PENNING SERIES ON  THE RICHEST FAMILY
Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes is going to produce a series on the richest family on Earth THE ROTHSCHILDS (they could apparently feed all
Sky Atlantic will produce the series
the starving people in the world and cure all the ill ones if they weren't evil, as they, allegedly own about 80% of all world's wealth! As 'Deadline' reports, he is writing the 19th century saga set against the backdrop of war and revolution. It tells the story of how the family became to possess the largest private fortune in the world. They gained pre-eminence in the bullion trade during the Napoleonic Wars between 1803 and 1815 and Nathan Mayer Rothschild almost single handedly financed the British war effort. It will also portray a story about human relationships, fraternal struggles for dominance, of brilliant but disenfranchised women, of generational conflict, of incestuous alliances and of forbidden love with outsiders.