Monday, September 21, 2020

BLACK NARCISSUS EPIC SERIES TRAILER WITH GEMMA ARTERTON, ALESSANDRO NIVOLA, DIANA RIGG, JIM BROADBENT! SARAH SNOOK TO LEAD JANE AUSTEN'S PERSUASION MOVIE ADAPTATION

SARAH SNOOK TO LEAD
NEW JANE AUSTEN MOVIE
We watched Sarah in Dressmaker
Although latest adaptation of Emma wasn't an overly successful affair (but it did have brilliant visuals), a new Jane Austen movie is in works! As Hollywood Reporter informs, Sarah Snook (who was nominated for an Emmy for her role in Succession TV series and we watched her in Kate Winslet's amazing Australian movie Dressmaker) will lead new movie version of her final novel PERSUASION! To be directed by Mahalia Belo, it is a romance of second chances, telling the story of Anne Elliot who, many years after refusing the proposal of young naval officer Frederick Wentworth, finds herself navigating the waters of English society when Wentworth returns from war a wealthy and decorated captain. As Anne ponders missed opportunities, she must consider her own regrets and unwavering, possibly unrequited love. Are you excited about the new adaptation? The lead is certainly a talented actress and a gorgeous woman.

BLACK NARCISSUS SERIES
GETS 1ST TRAILER & AIRING DATE
Black Narcissus starts November 23rd
In other exciting news from the period set genre, FX has released the first trailer for their and BBC's mini series BLACK NARCISSUS with Gemma Arterton! The three episode adaptation of Rumer Godden's novel will air all its three parts on FX November 23rd and they will also be available next day on Hulu! Over at BBC it will air in December. It is set in Mopu, Himalayas, in 1934 at a remote clifftop palace once known as the ‘House of Women’, the location holds many dark secrets. When the young nuns of St. Faith attempt to establish a mission there, its haunting mysteries awaken forbidden desires that seem destined to repeat a terrible tragedy. During the latter years of British rule in India, ambitious young nun Sister Clodagh
Gemma Arterton takes the lead role in the series
(Gemma Arterton) heads a mission to a remote part of the Himalayas. The palace of Mopu has been donated by General Toda Rai, who hopes the Sisters of St. Faith will rid the ‘House of Women’ of unhappy memories connected to
The three part series is adapted from Rumer Godden's novel
his late sister, Srimati. Although Clodagh ignores the warnings of the General’s raffish agent Mr. Dean (Alessandro Nivola), isolation and illness soon take their toll, with the haunting atmosphere of the palace particularly
Alessandro Nivola takes the male lead in the series
affecting volatile Sister Ruth (Aisling Franciosi). As past and present collide, the arrival of the young General Dilip Rai (Chaneil Kular) is the catalyst for an explosion of repressed desires that may end in a fatal confrontation. Late Diana Rigg also stars alongside Jim Broadbent

CHRISTMAS 2020 FILMS: CASTLE FOR CHRISTMAS WITH BROOKE SHIELDS, CARY ELWES, FATHER CHRISTMAS IS BACK WITH ELIZABETH HURLEY, JOHN CLEESE, KELSEY GRAMMER, CHRISTMAS SETUP WITH FRAN DRESCHER

 CHRISTMAS 2020 MOVIES

A CASTLE FOR CHRISTMAS

There is still a lot of time till Christmas, but some of the festive films have already been announced. A CASTLE FOR CHRISTMAS over at Netflix, will see Brooke Shields playing a famed American author, Sophie, who travels to Scotland and finds herself wanting to buy a castle, but the prickly

Mary Lambert is directing the movie this month in Scotland

owner, a Scottish Duke named Myles (Cary Elwes), is reluctant to sell to a foreigner. Working to find a compromise, the pair constantly butt heads, but along the way they just may find more than they bargained for.

THE CHRISTMAS SETUP

Lifetime has cast TV legend Fran Drescher for their THE CHRISTMAS SETUP movie aboutf New York lawyer Hugo (Ben Lewis) who heads to Milwaukee with his best friend Madelyn (Ellen Wong) to spend the holidays with his mom Kate (Fran Drescher), who is also in charge of the local Christmas celebrations. Ever the matchmaker, Kate arranges for

This will be Lifetime's first holiday movie with a gay lead

Hugo to run into Patrick (Ben's reallife partner Blake Lee), Hugo’s high school friend and secret crush, who has recently returned after a successful stint in Silicon Valley. As they enjoy the local holiday festivities together, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to each other is undeniable and it looks as though Kate’s Santa-style matchmaking is a success. But as Hugo receives word of a big promotion requiring a move to London, he must decide what is most important to him.

FATHER CHRISTMAS IS BACK

Over in UK they are already shooting new festive comedy movie FATHER CHRISTMAS IS BACK with Elizabeth Hurley, John Cleese and Kelsey Grammer. It follows Caroline Christmas (Nathalie Cox), a control freak who desires nothing more than a perfect Christmas with her sisters at her lavish country manor to atone for the fact that their father abandoned the

Philippe Martinez is directing the movie over in York

family on December 25th many years ago. When on Christmas Eve their long-lost father arrives at their doorstep with his new girlfriend, chaos ensues. Through a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, Caroline uncovers a long-buried family secret. Can the family still celebrate Christmas together after all? Cleese will be Santa Claus!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

ROMANCE AND FUN IN WARM NEW DRAMAS 23 WALKS WITH DAVE JOHNS, ALISON STEADMAN, THEN CAME YOU WITH KATHIE LEE GIFFORD, ELIZABETH HURLEY, CRAIG FERGUSON

     '23 WALKS' TRAILER
AN UNEXPECTED LOVE

We are having an uplifting family weekend here at the spy's, with two heart warming dramas today and a spotlight on some new festive movies tomorrow.

23 Walks is out next week in United Kingdom

23 WALKS is a warm British drama movie that hits cinemas in United Kingdom September 25th and it already aired Down Under earlier this summer. Both directed and written by Paul Morrison, it is a gentle, sweet, funny and very romantic story of love in later life. The story revolves around a couple in their sixties, Dave (Dave Johns) and Fern (Alison Steadman) who get to know one another over the course of 23 dog walks. Set against the dramatic background of the changing seasons of one year which makes it a perfect watch now that Autumn is knocking at our doors.

     'THEN CAME YOU' TRAILER
WITH KATHIE LEE GIFFORD
Then Came You is out this October
Also bringing a romantic story, but with a bit more humorous moments is a romantic comedy THEN CAME YOU which was written by famous US small screen star Kathie Lee Gifford who also stars in the film next to Elizabeth Hurley, Craig Ferguson, Ford Kiernan and Phyllida Law. The film, shot two years ago in Scotland and opening in the United States on October 2nd, sees Kathie Lee Gifford playing a lonely widow who plans a trip around the world with her husband's ashes, to visit the places they loved in the movies. The first stop on the journey changes her life forever. The film was directed by Adriana Trigiani.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

FIRST LEONARDO DA VINCI EPIC TV SERIES POSTER WITH AIDAN TURNER AS THE FAMOUS PAINTER

     'LEONARDO' TV SERIES
1ST POSTER WITH  AIDAN TURNER
The first poster has been released for upcoming new historical series LEONARDO  in which Aidan Turner is playing Leonardo da Vinci. Frank Spotnitz, who also brought us Medici, is directing the series which will air on 
Leonardo will air sometime next year
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 Mini 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 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
Aidan Turner takes the lead role in the series
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 da Vinci’s artworks for hidden clues about a tortured artist
New historical saga will air in eight hourlong episodes
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.

Friday, September 18, 2020

THANDIE NEWTON, CHRIS PINE TO BE DEADLY LOVERS IN SPY THRILLER ALL THE OLD KNIVES! ENOLA HOLMES CHARACTER POSTERS WITH HENRY CAVILL, SAM CLAFLIN, HELENA BONHAM CARTER

     ALL THE OLD KNIVES
TO MATCH CHRIS PINE WITH THANDIE NEWTON

An interesting pairing indeed: Deadline reports that Olen Steinhauer's novel ALL THE OLD KNIVES will be adapted into a thriller starring Thandie Newton and Chris Pine with Janus Metz at the helm. Set in the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea it follows ex-lovers, one a CIA spy, one an ex-spy, who meet over dinner to reminisce on their time together at Vienna station.

Thandie Newton and Chris Pine will lead the new movie

The conversation moves inevitably to the disastrous hijacking of Royal Jordanian Flight 127, which ended in the deaths of all on board. That failure haunts the CIA to this day, and Henry has come to Carmel to close the book on that seedy chapter. As they parry, flirting, over California cuisine, it becomes clear that one of them is not going to survive the meal.

     NEW POSTERS FOR
HENRY CAVILL'S ENOLA HOLMES
Netflix has released character posters for  ENOLA HOMLES in which the titular character appears  alongside her big brothers Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, played by Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin, in a film which follows
Henry Cavill is the new Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes'  younger sister Enola who, when her mother disappears, decides to become a super-sleuth in her own right. Running away to London
Sam Claflin is Mycroft Holmes in the movie
where she establishes a clandestine private detective career specializing in missing persons investigations, Enola must also keep ahead of her brothers who are determined to capture and force her to conform to their expectations.  
 
  September Airing Date on Netflix
 Helena Bonham Carter also stars as Eudoria Holmes, Enola's, Sherlock's, and Mycroft's mother. The film will stream on Netflix from September 23rd!
Helena Bonham Carter is Enola's mother
As you've probably heard the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle is suing the production because they've changed the essence of Holmes turning him into a kind man instead of a brash and arrogant detective that he always was.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

1ST LOOK AT DAVID TENNANT IN BBC EPIC SERIES AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS! IT IS LOVE IN THE TIME OF MONSTER APOCALYPSE FOR DYLAN O'BRIEN IN THE FUN TRAILER FOR ACTION ADVENTURE LOVE AND MONSTERS!

  FIRST LOOK AT BBC'S
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
It will air only sometime next year, but BBC has revealed first look at their new adventure series AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS adapted, of course, for today's woke audience which means blackwashing of white
The series will air sometime next year at BBC
characters and an introduction of feminist agenda in the story where we did not originally have it. In the adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel David Tennant is legendary adventurer Phileas Fogg, who has to use a series of
David Tennant takes the lead role in the wokewashed new adaptation
bizarre contraptions and his own ingenuity to complete the titular challenge! Ibrahim Koma is his sidekick Passepartout and Leonie Benesch is Abigail Fix, a journalist who joins the voyage to chronicle the experience!

  'LOVE AND MONSTERS'
BRINGS MONSTER PROBLEMS
Paramount has released the first trailer for their new apocalyptic action movie LOVE AND MONSTERS in which Dylan O'Brien is trying to find love after the end of the world. Instead of going to theatres, which are, of
The film will be on VOD from October 15th
course, dead, the film will be available as video on demand from October 16th directed by Michael Matthews.

LOVE AND MONSTERS takes place seven years after the apocalypse. The story revolves around Joel Dawson (Dylan O'Brien) who, along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant monster creatures took control of the surface. After reconnecting over the radio with his high school girlfriend Aimee (Jessica Henwick), Joel begins to fall for her again. Unfortunately, Aimee is located more than 80 miles away. As Joel realizes that there's nothing left for him underground, he defies logic and opts
The Walking Dead's Michael Rooker also stars in the movie
to venture out into the world to find his former love, despite all the dangerous monsters that stand in his way. Check out the actually rather fun trailer below and stay tuned for the poster:

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

RUSSELL TOVEY IS LITERALLY CHASED BY THE GHOSTS FROM HIS PAST IN THE SPOOKY TRAILER FOR ITV'S THE SISTER MYSTERY SERIES!

  'THE SISTER' TRAILER
SPOOKY BLAST FROM THE PAST
Another new show that will be hitting British ITV this October is four part thriller series THE SISTER (previously had a better name Because The Night) with our dearest Russell Tovey. You can check out the first trailer
The Sister will start on ITV next month, October 2020
below. The series will also air on Hulu for the audience in Northern America. Neil Cross adapted his own novel Burial for the series.

In The New Series The Sister
Russell Tovey plays he plays well-meaning but directionless Nathan, a man with a terrible secret he’s prayed would stay buried and for which he’s worked hard to make recompense. Years into his new and devoted married life,
Russell Tovey and Bertie Carvel lead the cast of the four part series
Nathan is rocked to the core when Bob (Bertie Carvel), an unwelcome face from his past, turns up on his doorstep with shocking news, triggering a series of catastrophic decisions which drive a tense and compelling narrative of psychological suspense, dread, love and possible redemption.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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

  'LA REVOLUTION'
FRENCH EPIC SERIES GETS OCTOBER RELEASE AT NETFLIX
Here's the crazy first trailer for new French period set series LA REVO- LUTION which Netflix is planning on releasing  October 16th!  This crazy
The new series will stream on Netflix in October
period set horror series brings a reimagined history of the French Revolution, when during the 18th century, the guillotine's future inventor, a member of King Louis XVI state assembly, uncovers a disease that drives the aristocracy to murder commoners. The cast of the new series is led by Amir El Kacem, Marilou Aussilloux, Lionel Erdogan! Historically, Guillotin did not actually invented the device, he just fought for the right of the poor to be executed as painlessly as the noble  criminals, because before that only members of the elite were offered the luxury of a beheading.
The series will air in eight hourlong episodes
Peasants were subjected to being burned alive, hanging, drowning and other slow and agonizing ends.

What Is The Crazy Story About?
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 -
The plot of the series is set at the end of the 18th century
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…

Monday, September 14, 2020

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON SINGAPORE GRIP PERIOD SET TV SERIES STARTING TONIGHT AT ITV WITH DAVID MORRISSEY, LUKE TREADAWAY, CHARLES DANCE, BART EDWARDS

     'SINGAPORE GRIP' 
WELCOME TO THE DYING DAYS OF BRITISH EMPIRE IN SINGAPORE
Singapore Grip starts tonight on ITV
Launching this year's Autumn season over at British ITV tonight is their new six part historical series SINGA- PORE GRIP based on the famous novel by J.G. Farrell! The whole series will be available on Britbox immediately after the first episode finishes airing tonight at ITV. Sadly, your trusted spy has seen the first two episodes and I cannot say it is great, it will be another flop for ITV: the story has no dynamics, the plot is slow, but the series does have a great and very charming performances by David Morrissey and Bart
The six part series has already aired down in Australia!
Edwards. The cast also includes Charles Dance (but his character dies in the first episode), Luke Treadaway as his son, Colm Meaney as his
David Morrissey is brilliant as cunning rubber merchant who wants to secure the future of his business by marrying his daughter to the son of his business partner
landlord, with Luke Newberry, Jane Horrocks and Georgia Blizzard also in the cast. The series has already received harsh criticism in Asia for depicting the
Luke Treadaway is a naive and moral UN worker who travels to Singapore after his rich father dies and leaves him his rubber empire. But he is progressive and does not accept exploitation.
sunny side of vile British imperialism without much focus on the brutalities their Asian colonial slaves had to endure under their wicked tyranny. But that is Brits for you, turn an eye blind on anything that paints you under a bad light.

The Singapore Grip Is Set 
in Singapore, 1941 and follows Walter Blackett (David Morrissey), who is head of British Singapore’s oldest and most powerful firm alongside his
Charles Dance stars only in the first episode of the series
business partner Webb (Charles Dance). With Webb’s health failing, Walter needs to ensure the future of their firm is secure. He decides Webb’s son
Bart Edwards is supercharming as captain Ehrendorf who is in love with Blackett's daughter and is also a good friend with Matthew
Matthew (Luke Treadaway) is the perfect match for his spoilt daughter Joan (Georgia Blizzard). Matthew’s idealism leaves Walter increasingly
Georgia Blizzard is a spoilt brat and Blackett's conniving daughter
suspicious as Matthew himself falls under the spell of Vera Chiang (a rather amateurish performance by gorgeous but  not very talented Elizabeth Tan), a mysterious Chinese refugee.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON CINEMAX' 19TH CENTURY EPIC ACTION SERIES WARRIOR SECOND SEASON WITH ANDREW KOJI, KIERAN BEW, TOM WESTON JONES

     'WARRIOR' SEASON 2
BRINGS FRESH TROUBLE TO 19TH CENTURY CHINATOWN
Second season starts October 2nd!
Among other new and old shows, next month will also bring us the 2nd season of the fan favourite series WARRIOR which will kick its way onto Cinemax October 2nd! The 10 episode series will also be available on demand at MaxGo.Com.

Set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century, it again follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrated from China under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hop Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful tongs! Season two follows rival tongs, the Hop Wei and the Long Zii,
Amazingly charismatic Andrew Koji takes the lead role again
as they fight for dominance amidst the growing anti-Chinese racism that threatens to destroy them all. After barely surviving last season’s disastrous showdown, Ah Sahm is back with the Hop Wei and determined to wreak
New season will, according to rumours, also air on HBO and HBO Max later on
vengeance on Long Zii’s new leader, Mai Ling (Dianne Doan), who also happens to be his sister. Spending his nights honing his martial arts skills at a notorious Barbary Coast fight pit run by a savvy, opportunistic woman named
The first season was an absolute extravaganza of action scenes and martial arts
Rosalita Vega (Maria Elena Laas), Ah Sahm harbours ambitions to topple Hop Wei head Father Jun (Perry Yung). To accomplish this, he pushes tong heir Young Jun (Jason Tobin) into a new opium deal and welcomes the
Ah Sahm will be helping Young Jun to take over his father's tong
arrival of an enthusiastic new recruit and fighter, Hong (Chen Tang). As the two tongs fight for dominance over the course of the season, both face numerous outside threats, including from the brutal Fung Hai tong and its nihilistic leader Zing (Dustin Nyugen), the embittered Irish labour
Olivia Cheng returns as the superresorceful madame and businesswoman
movement led by tough-as-nails bar owner Dylan Leary (Dean Jagger), and the hostile local government under the politically spineless Mayor Blake (Christian McKay) and his scheming deputy, Walter Buckley (Langley Kirkwood). With the stakes mounting and tensions with her brother
Tom Weston Jones and Kieran Bew return as Chinatown's policemen
growing, Mai Ling struggles to control her new partner Zing, and lover and tong lieutenant, Li Yong (Joe Taslim). Meanwhile, brothel madame Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng) continues to pursue her secret and violent agenda and slowly becomes intrigued by Nellie Davenport (Miranda Raison), a wealthy widow
Ah Toy will continue helping Ah Sahm for her own reasons and possibly love?
using her fortune to rescue young Chinese sex workers. Struggling to get out from the Fung Hai’s grip, debt-ridden police sergeant Bill O’Hara (Kieran Bew) faces growing suspicion from his subordinate (Tom Weston Jones) while fixer and profiteer Wang Chao (Hoon Lee) continues to play both sides. Socialite turned businesswoman Penny Blake (Joanna Vanderham) works to keep her father’s factory open using Chinese labour and must adjust
The series is based on the writings of Bruce Lee
to the arrival of her young, rebellious sister Sophie (Celine Buckens) who begins to cross family lines in favour of the Irish labour movement. Between the local political turmoil and the escalating gang violence, tensions in Chinatown threaten to boil over into a full-scale war that will raise the stakes and its survival of the fittest for those left standing.