Friday, October 22, 2021

KATE WINSLET JOINED BY JUDE LAW, JOSH O'CONNOR, MARION COTILLARD IN PERIOD SET MOVIE ON WW2 PHOTOGRAPHER LEE MILLER! A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES SEASON 3 TRAILER AND AIR DATE IS HERE

 KATE WINSLET'S LEE WW2 FILM 
CASTS JUDE LAW, MARION COTILLARD, JOSH O'CONNOR
What an ensemble indeed: Kate Winslet's movie on Lee Miller has just added Jude Law, Josh O'Connor and Marion Cotillard! LEE will depict how Miller traded a glamorous career as a Vogue cover model and muse to artists for a dangerous career as a WWII photographer who chronicled the
Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Josh O'Connor, Kate Winslet
fighting on the allied front lines and exposed the atrocities that Hitler’s Nazi Germany perpetrated in concentration camps. She refused to cover things up even when Vogue refused to publish her photos of the liberation of Dachau because they thought they would shock the nation. Cotillard will play fashion director of French Vogue, Law is a poet who was Lee's lover, O'Connor will play their son on whose book the film is based!

 A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES 
SEASON 3 TRAILER, AIR DATE
Sky has announced January launch of the third and final season of their A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES saga which promises to be very epic indeed. Starring Matthew Goode and Theresa Palmer it will also air on AMC+, Shudder, and Sundance Now! Matthew and Diana return from their trip to
Diana is pregnant with twins in the third season
1590 to find tragedy at Sept-Tours. They must find the missing pages from the Book of Life and the Book itself before it’s too late. Their enemies are gearing up against them, and a monster from Matthew’s past who has been lying in wait will return for revenge.

SEE ERIC DANE, FAMKE JANSSEN, NINA DOBREV, LOGAN MARSHAL GREEN, ABIGAIL COWEN, TOM LEWIS IN PERIOD SET MOVIE ADAPTATION OF FRANCINE RIVERS' REDEEMING LOVE

  REDEEMING LOVE TRAILER  
LOVE WILL SAVE US ALL
When Francine Rivers wrote her classic romance novel REDEEMING LOVE back in 1991, she probably did not expect that it would be sold into more than
The film arrives to cinemas January 21st
three million copies and get translated into over 30 languages, and now it has been adapted by D.J. Caruso, into a period set romance movie out January 21st.  Set in the 1850s Gold Rush in California, the story is inspired by the Book of Hosea from the Bible, and its central theme is the redeeming love of God towards sinners. Tom Lewis, Abigail Cowen, Eric Dane, Famke Janssen, Logan Marshal Green and Nina Dobrev star in a powerful story of relentless love and perseverance as a young couple’s relationship clashes with the harsh realities of the California Gold Rush of 1850. It is a life-changing story of the power of unconditional and all-consuming love.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

FREIDA PINTO TO LEAD HENNA ARTIST PERIOD SET SERIES FOR NETFLIX! EVA LONGORIA CAST IN HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS TV SERIES! BETTY GILPIN TO LEAD BLOOD SUGAR HBO SERIES

 FREIDA PINTO TO LEAD 
THE HENNA ARTIST SERIES
And Netflix will stream it! The news today is that Freida Pinto will lead previously announced THE HENNA ARTIST TV series adaptation of Alka Joshi's book. It is an epic romance set against the lush and romantic backdrop of 1950s Jaipur, India’s famed “pink city,” renowned for its opulent
Freida Pinto is also producing the new Netflix TV series
palaces and rich cultural landscape. Lakshmi (Pinto) is Jaipur’s most in demand henna artist, with access to the inner sanctums of the city’s wealthiest women and privy to their most scandalous secrets. But Lakshmi harbors secrets of her own and as she falls in love and endeavors to create a life for herself in a newly independent India, her past returns to threaten her position within Jaipur’s high society!

 EVA LONGORIA CAST IN 
HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS SERIES
Eva Longoria is the first actress cast
In another adaptation of a novel loved by female readers, Eva Longoria will star in and produce a series adaptation of Isabel Allende's THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS in which she will play Blanca Trueba, one of the passionate and courageous women who leads the family’s destiny across generations. The popular literary classic is a family saga that follows the extraordinary lives of three generations of women in the Trueba family. Set in a remote South American country, this timeless drama, with tints of Magical Realism, takes us on an epic journey of fortune, intrigue, love, and fate throughout the 20th century. The book was previously adapted into an Oscar winning film which boasted a stellar cast which included Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Antonio Banderas, Vanessa Redgrave.

 BETTY GILPIN TO LEAD 
Betty Gilpin is also executive producing
BLOOD SUGAR TV SERIES
Deadline reports that over at HBO they are currently working on BLOOD SUGAR TV series which will see Betty Gilpin taking the lead. Here's the plot: when the Sharks of Shark Tank laugh the delightful Margot Schultz and her frozen food business off stage, little do they know, they’re setting in motion one of the funniest, bloodiest and wildest rises to fame and fortune this country has ever seen. Betty Gilpin is, as you have probably guessed by now, also executive producing the new series.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

SEE NICOLE KIDMAN & JAVIER BARDEM AS LUCILLE BALL AND DESI IN BEING THE RICARDOS TRAILER! SKANDAR AND THE UNICORN THIEF FANTASY SAGA GETS MOVIE ADAPTATION!

  NEW FANTASY ADAPTATION 
SCANDAR & THE UNICORN THIEF
Skandar will be out next spring
This is one of them books that haven't even been published yet but have already been sold for a movie adaptation after causing a race among the publishers to get it for their own house. In the end SCANDAR AND THE UNICORN THIEF was bought by Simon and Schuster for a seven digit sum and will be published next April written by A.F. Steadman. Now Sony Pictures has set Jon Croker to adapt the novel series which  follows a thirteen year old boy whose dreams of becoming a unicorn rider are disrupted when an emerging enemy steals the land’s most powerful unicorn. It was the biggest known deal for a children's debut book.

 BEING THE RICARDOS TRAILER 
SEE NICOLE AS LUCILLE BALL
The Ricardos arrive December 21st
The fact you don't really see Nicole Kidman as Lucille in the trailer tells you a lot, right? It is one of those castings in which everybody expects the actress to do a terrible job and I have a feeling that is what will happen here as well. BEING THE RICARDOS will arrive to Amazon Prime December 21st! The film, which also sees Javier Bardem playing her husband Desi Arnaz,  shows the audience a week in the lives' of Lucy and Desi on the set of their famous sitcom I Love Lucy. It was a week of events that nearly cost them everything. The film was both written and directed by Aaron Sorkin who gave himself certain artistical freedoms while depicting the couple.
 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

SEE GORGEOUS TRAILER FOR NEW HIGH END PERIOD SET TV SERIES ON RUSSIA'S MOST FAMOUS SINGER VERTINSKY LOVED BY WHOLE EUROPE

  VERTINSKY TV SERIES  
A SONGBIRD FROM RUSSIA
We are still in Europe, while Hollywood is sleeping. I really did not expect that the trailer for new Russian period set series VERTINSKY would be so good,
The series first streamed on Kion
but it is as you can see below. The incredible story of the Russian chansonier Alexander Vertinsky is airing in eight episodes on Russian national network after streaming on their Kion, on line cinema. The large scale project about the fate of the artist whose life and creativity were full of drama, as well as the XX century itself, is one of their most expensive series ever. The famous chansonier, his voice was listened to by both European monarchs and wounded soldiers of the two world wars. He experienced poverty and luxury, concerts in restaurants and big scenes, long emigration.
THE MOST FAMOUS RUSSIAN SINGER OF THE 20TH CENTURY 
The story of an artist who left Russia in 1919 and returned to the USSR in 1943, at the height of the Second World War. Vertinsky lived, sang and was
The series consists of eight episodes
popular in Constantinople, Paris, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Harbin, Shanghai and Moscow. He was loved by beautiful women, he was applauded by royalty and thieves. He was a bohemian man, light and cheerful. However, this picture is primarily about his kindness. About the ability not to judge, but to sympathize with anyone. And for this fate gave him great success and late family happiness. "Vertinsky" is a story about how a songbird, an artist, a frivolous creature can live a life that arouses both envy and respect! He is played by Aleksei Filimonov.

Monday, October 18, 2021

WW2 SUNDAY: SEE TRAILERS FOR DUTCH WAR EPIC FORGOTTEN BATTLE, STEFAN ZWEIG ADAPTATION ROYAL GAME! COURAGE ON DEMAND MINI SERIES ON MAN WHO SAVED THOUSANDS OF NAZI VICTIMS

  COURAGE ON DEMAND  
WW2 MINI TV SERIES
I know Sunday is not the best day for war, but I have three war projects for you today. As Deadline reports, The Amazing Film Company will shoot
A picture of real life Varian Fry
COURAGE ON DEMAND eight part series about Varian Fry, the American journalist who ran a daring rescue network in France that helped Jewish people escape persecution in Nazi controlled France. Set in 1940s war torn Marseille, it will follow young American Varian Fry who was dispatched to France by Eleanor Roosevelt to save a selected list of artists, scientists and opposing politicians from Nazi concentration camps. When Fry realizes there is no legal way of getting these endangered refugees out of France, he builds his own underground railroad of spies, thieves, forgers and adventurers to bring more than 2200 people to safety.

  THE FORGOTTEN BATTLE 
SEE TOM FELTON IN WAR
As of this Friday, this Dutch war movie is already streaming on Netflix: THE FORGOTTEN BATTLE, second most expensive film ever coming from Holland, has the story told through the perspective of three different
The Forgotten Battle is airing on Netflix as of October 15th
participators of the Battle of the Scheldt, a Dutch axis pilot, a British air pilot, and a female resistance fighter from Zeeland. It was one of the bloodiest battles with over 12,000 casualties among Allies. Gijs Blom and Tom Felton lead the cast.
 

    THE ROYAL GAME   
STEFAN ZWEIG ADAPTATION
Currently playing in Germany and Russia is their WW2 thriller based on Stefan Zweig's novel THE ROYAL GAME (Schachnovelle)! Vienna, 1938:
It comes from our dearest Studiocanal!
Austria is occupied by the Nazi regime. Shortly before the lawyer Bartok (Oliver Masucci) can flee to the USA with his wife Anna, he is arrested and taken to the Hotel Metropol, headquarters of the Gestapo. As the asset manager of the nobility, he is supposed to give the Gestapo leader Böhm access to accounts. Since Bartok refuses to cooperate, he is placed in solitary confinement. Bartok remained steadfast for weeks and months, but became increasingly desperate - until he happened upon a chess book. Check out the super exciting trailer below:

Sunday, October 17, 2021

DISNEY FINDS DIRECTOR FOR THEIR WIZZARD MERLIN MOVIE! THE MOON IS BLEEDING IN SF ADVENTURE MOVIE PAUL W.R.'S LAST JOURNEY WITH HUGO BECKER, JEAN RENO!

     DISNEY'S MERLIN    
HIRES A DIRECTOR
New film will follow T.A. Barron's saga
Although Ridley Scott was supposed to return to the medieval world after his Last Duel (which is currently proving to be a major flop in cinemas most probably for the worst casting the world has even seen outside the latest Dune snoozefest) he will be replaced by Michael Matthews (Love and Monsters) as Disney has hired him to helm their MERLIN movie, based on T. A. Barron's book series.  As Deadline reports, the film, which is in very early stages of production, will follow the origin story of a young Merlin who would go on to become the mentor of the classic literary character King Arthur.

  PAUL W.R'S LAST JOURNEY  
AN ECOLOGICAL SF TALE
Staying still in Europe, which has been our destination this week, we offer today a trailer for PAUL W.R'S LAST JOURNEY a new sf adventure which
The film was a huge hit in France after cinemas opened
was a rather big hit in France earlier this year and has been sold to North America and many European countries (including UK, Germany, ex Yugoslavia, Poland) starring gorgeous Hugo Becker, Jean Reno, Lya Oussadit Lessert and Paul Hamy. Set in a near future marked by ecological havoc, a mysterious red moon heads straight to Earth. Paul W.R., the only astronaut capable of saving mankind, discovers the secret behind the red moon and the reason why it must not be destroyed. Relentlessly hunted down, Paul encounters Elma, a feisty teenage girl who follows him on his quest for truth.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

ITALIAN FRIDAY: MISS FALLACI TAKES AMERICA PERIOD SET MINI SERIES SOLD TO PARAMOUNT + AND MANY EUROPEAN MARKETS! SEE SERGIO CASTELLITTO, MATILDA DE ANGELIS, BERENICE BEJO IN A BOOKSHOP IN PARIS TRAILER

 MISS FALLACI TAKES AMERICA 
NEW PERIOD SET TV SERIES
And here is your period set project for today: Paramount + will air, sometime next year, MISS FALLACI TAKES AMERICA mini series on the life of Italian celebrity journalist Oriana Fallaci. The series which will also air in UK, Germany, Ireland and over 20 other European countries portrays
The series has been sold to Europe ahead of the production start
Fallaci’s early life as an Italian journalist in Hollywood in the 1950s as she worked as an entertainment correspondent. With a disenchanted gaze, Fallaci observes the society and customs of America during the time and is fascinated by its contradictions. Miriam Leone is in talks to lead.

  A BOOKSHOP IN PARIS  
ILL MATERIALE EMOTIVO
Speaking of Italy, check out a charming trailer for their movie A BOOKSHOP IN PARIS which is currently out in their cinemas as the story of Vincenzo (Sergio Castellitto), a Paris bookseller dedicated to the search
Castellitto has also directed the movie
for rare volumes, a passion in line with his profession. His day is not only occupied by antiques books, but also by his paraplegic daughter, Albertine (Matilda De Angelis), whom he takes care of. Due to an accident, the young woman left the university and abandoned any form of social life, giving up friends. In addition, Albertine no longer speaks and her father tries to encourage her every day, conversing with her, despite the fact that the dialogue is unique. This sometimes monotonous and sometimes routine life of Vincenzo is upset by Yolande (Bérénice Bejo), a young woman who bursts into his life like a storm followed by a wonderful rainbow ... 

Friday, October 15, 2021

JEREMY IRONS, JANNIS NIEWOHNER, GEORGE MACKAY FIGHT HITLER IN 1ST MUNICH: EDGE OF WAR PICS! SEE CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG IN NEW TRAILER WITH JACK WHITEHALL, JOHN CLEESE

  MUNICH: EDGE OF WAR  
FIRST PHOTOS ARE HERE!
Premiering at London Film Festival and then in January on Netflix is new war drama movie MUNICH: THE EDGE OF WAR for which today I can show you the first photos which feature a rather strong cast indeed: our
Our beloved Jannis Niewohner takes the lead role
favourite German superstar wildly charismatic Jannis Niewöhner, George MacKay and Jeremy Irons! Based on a novel by Robert Harris, the film is set in Autumn, 1938: once again Europe is on the brink of war as Hitler eyes
George Mackay is British civil servant Hugh Legat
the nation of Czechoslovakia for his expansion of Nazi Germany. In Britain, the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain (Jeremy Irons), is desperately seeking a peaceful resolution to the conflict, in the hope to avoid a
Jeremy Irons is British prime minister in the new movie
catastrophic war. Meanwhile, a British civil servant, Hugh Legat (George Mackay), and the German diplomat Paul von Hartmann (Jannis Niewöhner), travel to the Munich conference. Political Subterfuge threatens
The film will arrive to Netflix sometime next January
to destroy any hope of peace, as the pair face real danger while the eyes of the world are watching, in the hopes war will be averted. Jessica Brown Findlay plays Legat's wife.
 
  CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG 
NEW TRAILER IS HERE
Since this one was postponed to November 10th, we are now getting a new trailer for CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG comedy adventure which
Clifford will arrive November 10th
will hit cinemas and Paramount + streamer.  When middle schooler Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) meets a magical animal rescuer (John Cleese) who gifts her a little, red puppy, she never anticipated waking up to find a giant ten-foot hound in her small New York City apartment. While her single mom (Sienna Guillory) is away for business, Emily and her fun but impulsive uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) set out on an adventure that will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat as our heroes take a bite out of the Big Apple. Based on the beloved Scholastic book character, Clifford will teach the world how to love big!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

TONI COLLETTE, MONICA BELLUCCI TO LEAD MAFIA MAMMA COMEDY! FIRST HOTEL PORTOFINO PERIOD SET SERIES PHOTOS WITH NATASCHA MCELHONE, ADAM JAMES!

  MAFIA MAMMA COMEDY 
CASTS TONI COLLETTE AND MONICA BELLUCCI
I'm not into movies that glorify mafia, but at least this one sounds funny: Catherine Hardwicke has cast Toni Collette as the lead in her new comedy MAFIA MAMMA which already has Monica Bellucci. Toni will
Toni  Collette and Monica Bellucci will star in Mafia Mamma
play a suburban American woman who inherits her grandfather’s Mafia empire, and guided by the Firm’s trusted consigliere defies everyone’s expectations, including her own, as the new head of the family business.

  FIRST HOTEL PORTOFINO 
PICS FROM PERIOD SET DRAMA
Beside Sisi and La Fortuna, our dear Beta Film has, over at MipCom, also closed deals for another of their period set series HOTEL PORTOFINO which has been sold now to Scandinavia and Holland and will air on ITV and
Natascha McElhone will lead the cast of the new series
PBS, Sky Italia and Foxtel in Australia. Embued with the emancipated social attitudes of the 1920s, and set on the enchanting, beautiful Italian Riviera, The
Mark Umbers is also in the Hotel Portofino cast
six episode series follows a British family who emigrate to open a high-end hotel in Italy, and captures the long-established literary tradition of comic and
Adam James also stars in the series shooting in Croatia
idiosyncratic British “innocents abroad,” set against the historical backdrop of the rise of Fascism in Mussolini’s Italy. Beside Natascha McElhone, it also stars Adam James, Mark Umbers, Anna Chancellor, Daniele Pecci, Lorenzo Richelmy and Rocco Fasano.