Tuesday, January 18, 2022

SEE VIKINGS DESTROY LONDON BRIDGE IN CRAZY DYNAMIC NEW TRAILER FOR VIKINGS: VALHALLA EPIC TV SERIES WITH LEO SUTER, DAVID OAKES, SAM CORLETT

 
  VIKINGS: VALHALLA SERIES  
NEW TRAILER IS HERE!
As the February 25th airing date is nearing, the excitement for the premiere of VIKINGS: VALHALLA epic TV series is also spreading and Netflix has
The series will stream from February 25th!
just pumped it all up with a new trailer for the eight episode historical series starring Leo Suter, David Oakes and Sam Corlett.
 
  VAL HALLA, a follow up to Vikings, begins in the early 11th century and chronicles the legendary adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived – the legendary explorer Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett), his fiery and headstrong sister Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson), the ambitious Nordic prince Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter), Harald’s half brother Olaf (Haukur
Leo Suter and Sam Corlett lead the cast of Valhalla
Jóhannesson), Kattegat Jarl Haakon (Caroline Henderson), and Danish King Canute (Bradley Freegard) and the Norman King William the Conqueror. As tensions between the Vikings and the English royals reach a
New trailer sees Vikings attacking 11th century London Bridge!
bloody breaking point and as the Vikings themselves clash over their conflicting Christian and pagan beliefs, these three Vikings begin an epic journey that will take them across oceans and through battlefields, from Kattegat to England and beyond, as they fight for survival and glory.
 
SECOND SEASON ALREADY SHOT
Other faces that you can see in the trailer below include King Aethelred's son, Prince Edmund (Louis Davison), and also Emma of Normandy (Laura Berlin)! It is interesting that the second season already finished filming back
The series comes from Tudors and Vikings' Michael Hirst
in November, months before the premiere of the first one and it is already known that the third season is on the horizon as well as the whole show has been ordered for 24 episodes in total!  

NEW FRENCH HIGH CONCEPT FANTASY MYSTERY MINI TV SERIES LA CORDE, THE ROPE, IS ARRIVING THIS MONTH WITH JEAN MARC BARR

  LA CORDE TV SERIES  
THE ROPE FROM NOWHERE
While Hollywood is sleeping, the spy is here to remind you of a French show I mentioned before but it is now arriving to French Arte January 27th: THE ROPE or LA CORDE is a three episode fantasy mystery coming from
La Corde will air from January 27th on Arte
Eric Forestier and Dominique Rocher while the cast of the series brings together a roster of talented actors of different nationalities: Suzanne Clément, Jeanne Balibar, Christa Théret, Richard Sammel, Jakob Cedergren, Tom Mercier and famous Jean-Marc Barr. In the series, an international research team at an astronomical observatory in Norway has been given the green light to continue its work. But then the scientists discover a rope that snakes endlessly between the trees in the forest and seems to have no end. A small group sets out to solve the mystery of the rope. But in the contact with the rope itself many of them will reveal their inner torments. Bathed in a bewitching soundscape, the
French, English and Norwegian can be heard in the series
observation station and the immense forest that surrounds it provide a padded setting for the human dramas that unfold there. The series took part in London Film Festival last Autumn.

Monday, January 17, 2022

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON THE BIGGEST SF TV SHOWS COMING TO THE SMALL SCREENS IN 2022: FROM STAR WARS TO STAR TREK SPINOFFS

 NEW 2022 SF TV SERIES 
OBI WAN KENOBI 
Disney + will finally fulfill Ewan McGregor's wish to return to the role he played in Star Wars movies in this six episode series. We must mention that Hayden Christensen will also return as Darth Vader. Set ten years after the events of Star Wars Episode III, the story centers on Obi-Wan's time on Tatooine, watching over the young Luke Skywalker. Joel Edgerton will also return as Luke's uncle with Rupert Friend, Simone Kessell and Indira Varma also starring.
 
 
HALO TV ADAPTATION
Paramount + is bringing us a highly anticipated ten episode video game adaptation HALO This sprawling series will be set in the game universe, but will also explore new stories that follow the epic 26th-century conflict between humanity's United Nations Space Command and an alien threat known as the Covenant. The series stars Pablo Schreiber and Natascha McElhone, with Steven Spielberg producing through his Amblin TV.
 

 
ROGUE ONE'S ANDOR
Beside Obi Wan, Disney Plus  is also bringing us ANDOR, a prequel series to Star Wars: Rogue One. Centered around Diego Luna as freedom fighter Cassian Andor, this 12 episode series traces the origins of the Rebellion. Tony Gilroy will be the show runner, and you will also see Adria Arjona, Stellan Skarsgard, Robert Emms, Fiona Shaw and Poldark's Kyle Soller in the cast.
 
 
NEW STAR TREK SERIES: STRANGE NEW WORLDS
Paramount + is bringing us a prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series with the story taking the crew to a new planet every week like we had in the good old Star Trek series with the episodic approach. It will follow Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) at the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise which he was in charge of before Kirk! He has the help of his first officer Number One (Rebecca Romijn) and Science Officer Spock (Ethan Peck)! 
 

AMAZON'S THE PERIPHERAL
Beside Lord of the Rings, Amazon is also preparing sf series THE PERIPHERAL based on a book by William Gibson. Starring Jack Reynor, JJ Feild and Chloe Moretz it has the story set in the future when technology has subtly altered society, and follows a woman who discovers a secret connection to an alternate reality as well as a dark future of her own. Since it comes from Westworld producers, you can expect it to be visually ambitious.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

SF WEEKEND: SEE ANDROIDS CREATING CHAOS IN RIDLEY SCOTT'S RAISED BY WOLVES SEASON 2 TRAILER ARRIVING TO HBO MAX THIS FEBRUARY

   RAISED BY WOLVES  
SEASON TWO TRAILER IS HERE
We're launching a sf weekend today with a full trailer for the second season of Ridley Scott's sf series RAISED BY WOLVES which returns to HBO Max with new episodes February 3rd and don't forget to tune back
Season two arrives February 3rd
tomorrow as I will bring you a spotlight on sf shows to expect this year. The series centers on two androids ( Amanda Collin, Abubakar Salim) tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.
In season two, Android partners Mother and Father, along with their brood of six human children, join a newly formed atheistic colony in Kepler 22 b’s mysterious tropical zone. But navigating this strange new society is only the start of their troubles as Mother’s “natural child” threatens to drive what little remains of the human race to extinction!
Travis Fimmel is also returning in season two which, judging by the trailer below, might be even more disturbing than the first one. Will you watch it, or was season one too weird and bizarre for you?

Saturday, January 15, 2022

BREAKING NEWS: SEE TRAILER FOR NETFLIX' AGAINST THE ICE WITH NIKOLAJ COSTER WALDAU, CHARLES DANCE, AND BRITBOX' MYSTERY SERIES MAGPIE MURDERS WITH LESLEY MANVILLE! TIM ALLEN TO LEAD SANTA CLAUS TV SERIES

  AGAINST THE ICE TRAILER   
FOR NEW NETFLIX MOVIE
Against the Ice will stream March 2nd!
Coming this March to Netflix is new polar adventure thriller AGAINST THE ICE starring Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Charles Dance, Ed Speleers and Joe Cole. In 1909, Denmark's Alabama Expedition led by Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen was attempting to disprove the United States' claim to North Eastern Greenland, a claim that was rooted in the idea that Greenland was broken up into two different pieces of land. Leaving their crew behind with the ship, Mikkelsen sleds across the ice with his inexperienced crew member, Iver Iversen. The two men succeed in finding the proof that Greenland is one island, but returning to the ship takes
Against the Ice is Netflix' first original from Iceland
longer and is much harder than expected. Battling extreme hunger, fatigue and a polar bear attack, they finally arrive to find their ship crushed in the ice and the camp abandoned.
 

 SANTA CLAUS MINI SERIES 
WITH TIM ALLEN AT DISNEY +
The film series had three movies
Great news coming from Disney + today is that Tim Allen will star in a mini series, a sequel to his famous THE SANTA CLAUS with Last Man Standing's Jack Burditt as the showrunner. Here is the logline: Scott Calvin is on the brink of his 65th birthday and realizing that he can’t be Santa forever. He’s starting to lose a step in his Santa duties, and more importantly, he’s got a family who could benefit from a life in the normal world, especially his two kids who have grown up at the Pole. With a lot of elves, children, and family to please, Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in a life south of the pole.

 MAGPIE MURDERS TRAILER 
FOR NEW BRITBOX SERIES
Speaking of trailers, check out the first one for Britbox original series MAGPIE MURDERS which will stream its six episodes February 10th on the British streamer! Based on Anthony Horowitz’s novel it stars Lesley
Magpie Murders will stream on Britbox from February
Manville as Susan Ryeland, editor to best-selling writer Alan Conway (Conleth Hill). But, when the infamous mystery writer hands over his latest manuscript, the last chapter is missing. Before Susan can get her hands on the
The murder mystery within murder mystery will have six episodes
missing chapter, Conway is murdered. Naturally, she sets off on a quest to figure whodunnit. In his last novel he turned everyone he knew into the characters of this murder mystery within the murder mystery.

Friday, January 14, 2022

PATRICK GIBSON, LEWIS TAN JOIN SHADOW AND BONE FANTASY SERIES SEASON 2! SEE TIMOTHY SPALL IN THE LAST BUS MOVIE TRAILER

 SHADOW AND BONE SEASON 2 
Patrick Gibson will be prince Nikolai
ADS NEW CAST MEMBERS
With the official start of production, season two of Netflix fantasy series SHADOW AND BONE has added some new members to the cast: Patrick Gibson will appear in the new season as Nikolai Lantsov, the son of Ravkan king Alexander III with his own private fleet and Jack Wolfe as Wylan Hendriks, one of the Six of Crows. Anna Leong Brophy will be Tamar Kir-Bataar, a Heartrender and close friend of Alina’s, while Lewis Tan will be her twin brother Tolya Yul-Bataar, also a Heartrender. Meanwhile, Daisy Head has been promoted to series regular as Genya Safin, the tailor for the Queen who conspired with Kirigan to spy on Alina and poison the King. New regulars are also fan favourites Nina and Mattias (Danielle Galligan and Calahan Skogman), a
Into the Badlands' Lewis Tan will be a new Heartrender in town
Heartrender and Drüskelle who fell in love even though they are enemies. Godawful Jessie Mi Lei and charismatic Ben Barnes are returning as leads. 

  THE LAST BUS TRAILER  
SENDS TIMOTHY SPALL ON A TRIP
The Last Bus is out this February
And a delightful trailer arrives for the film that arrives February 18th: THE LAST BUS! Life is a journey and The Last Bus takes our old soldier, 90-year-old Tom Harper (Timothy Spall) on an epic trip from his home of fifty years - a remote village in the most northerly point of Scotland - back to the place he was born – close to England’s most southerly point. Battling against time, age and fate, desperate to keep a promise to his beloved wife Mary (Phyllis Logan), our intrepid hero Tom embarks on an odyssey, revisiting his past, connecting with the modern world and a diverse, multi-cultural Britain he has never experienced. The Last Bus is a road movie;
The Last Bus will air both in cinemas and on video on demand
a film about love, loss and the human spirit. A film that reminds us we are not alone - and that we're all on this ride together... 

Thursday, January 13, 2022

GAL GADOT TO LEAD TO CATCH A THIEF MOVIE REMAKE! SEE LEO SUTER, CONNIE NIELSEN, STELLAN SKARSGARD IN I'LL FIND YOU WW2 ROMANCE MOVIE

   GAL GADOT TO STAR  
IN TO CATCH A THIEF REBOOT
While we are waiting for her Death on the Nile and Cleopatra, Gal Gadot has been set to star in the movie remake of TO CATCH A THIEF which was originally directed by Hitchcock with Grace Kelly and Cary
Beside starring, Gal will also executive produce the remake
Grant leading the story about a former thief who must prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation. Eileen Jones is penning the script, Gadot is also producing.
 
  I'LL FIND YOU TRAILER  
A WW2 ROMANCE MOVIE
This one was shot back in 2019 and since then it visited many movie festivals, but WW2 big screen drama I'LL FIND YOU will finally arrive to USA
The film is out this February in USA
February 25th in selected theatres and video on demand. Inspired by stories of Polish musicians from the 30-40's, the film's an uncommon love story; romantic, but with the love of music which draws the characters together. A young couple - Robert (our dearest sweetest Leo Suter), a catholic opera singer and Rachel (Adelaide Clemens), a Jewish violinist, dream of one day performing together at Carnegie Hall. When they're torn apart by the German invasion of Poland, Robert vows to find Rachel, no matter what. His search takes him on a journey through the heart of Nazi
Our favourite boo Leo Suter plays the lead male role in the film
Germany, to a reckoning - that Rachel may be lost to him forever. Connie Nielsen and Stellan Skarsgard and Stephen Dorff also star in this stellar ensemble.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON LAVISHLY OPULENT HISTORICAL COSTUME TV DRAMA COFFEE WITH CARDAMOM SET IN THE 19TH CENTURY UKRAINE

  COFFEE WITH CARDAMOM  
PERIOD SET TELENOVELLA
The series started December 20th in Ukraine
Here is something very pretty on the eye for you today: COFFEE WITH CARDAMOM, a ten episode historical drama from the Ukrainian national broadcaster STB, the events of which unfold in the city of Lviv, the biggest one in the West on Ukraine, in the XIX century. The script is based on the best selling novel by Ukrainian writer Natalia Gurnytska "Coffee Melody in Cardamom Tone". 
 
COFFEE WITH CARDAMOM 
 is a dramatic story of the forbidden love of a Ukrainian woman and a Polish nobleman, which takes place in Lviv in the middle of the XIX century, during
Olena Lavreniuk takes the lead female role in the series
the "Spring of Nations", the revolution of 1848-1849. The series, which started in Ukraine a few days before Christmas last December, tells the story of a
The series is filled with wildly opulent costumes and gowns
young girl, the daughter of a priest, who ties her life with a much older married nobleman. Their relationship - an unprecedented act for the XIX century - gained notoriety, so the protagonists faced condemnation.
WHO IS DRINKING THE COFFEE?
 The main female role is played by actress Olena Lavreniuk, and her partner in the series is famous Polish heartthrob, actor Pavel Delong. The
Adam with his richly dressed true wife in the series
authors of the script did not spare the main character, and she will have to go through a lot: condemnation, betrayal, love and hate! The series was done on a
The budget of the ten episode series was around $2 million
$2 million budget in a co production with neighboring Poland. One of Ukraine's most famous singers Zlata Ognevich was in charge of the beautiful
The series is based on a popular novel by Natalia Gurnytska
soundtrack! Check out the lavish trailer for the series below and tell us what you think, do you like it?

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

MARK RUFFALO, HUGH LAURIE JOIN NETFLIX TV SERIES ADAPTATION OF ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE! 19TH CENTURY PERIOD SET DRAMA BAD BLOOD FIRST SERBIAN MOVIE TO STREAM ON NETFLIX

 ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE 
MARK RUFFALO AND HUGH LAURIE JOIN THE CAST
As Variety reports, Netflix' TV four part adaptation of WW2 novel ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE has added Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie. It follows Marie-Laure, a blind teenager whose path collides with Werner, a German soldier, as they both try to survive the devastation of World
It will be a four part adaptation of Anthony Boerr's novel
War II in occupied France. Ruffalo will be her father, the principal locksmith at the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Caring and clever, he’s determined to give his blind daughter as much independence as he can while also protecting her from Nazi occupation. Laurie is Etienne LeBlanc, an eccentric and reclusive World War I hero suffering from PTSD, a nervous shut-in who records clandestine radio broadcasts as part of the French Resistance.

   BAD BLOOD MOVIE  
ARRIVES JANUARY TO NETFLIX
The first ever film from Serbia to stream on Netflix will arrive to the streamer January 17th. Based on one of Serbia's biggest literary classics BAD BLOOD by Serbian Dostoevsky Bora Stankovic, the movie (which was also
Bad Blood will supposedly stream on Netflix next Monday
made into a mini TV series) follows the story of Hadzi Trifun, a prominent 19th century Serbian merchant, who tries to keep the peace with the Turkish
Andjela Jovanovic plays the lead female role of Tashana
authorities, but also maintains his reputation and influence in Vranje, an important Turkish town near the border with liberated Serbia. While trying to
The film is set in the period when South of Serbia was still Turkish
preserve the independence of his people, Trifun makes difficult decisions that will later affect his descendants! Although it got mixed reviews, the film was the second best viewed in Serbian cinemas last year!

Monday, January 10, 2022

HOLLYWOOD SPY'S PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON MOVIE AND TV BOOK ADAPTATIONS WE CAN EXPECT IN 2022: FROM CLASSICS TO MODERN NOVELS AND BESTSELLERS

 2022 MOVIE & TV ADAPTATIONS
ALL QUIET ON WESTERN FRONT
A movie adaptation of Remarque's seminal war classic ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT should arrive to Netflix sometime this year and you can see above the first exclusive photo of Daniel Bruhl in the story of the hopelessness and tragedy of soldiers trapped in the brutal war. The movie was shot in German language.

JANE AUSTEN'S PERSUASION
Yet another new adaptation of Jane Austen's work arrives also to Netflix this year, this time Regency Era set PERSUASION starring Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot who falls in love with the dashing Captain Wentworth (Cosmo Jarvis), but leaves him under the pressure of her family. She meets him years after when her family is broke. Henry Golding and Richard E. Grant also star.

THE STARS AT NOON
This one is also period set with the story going on in the 1980's Nicaragua where in the middle of the political upheaval rising stars Joe Alwyn and Margaret Qualley fall in love surrounded by violence. He is a rich businessman, she is a journalist in the film based on the book by Denis Johnson.

THE WONDER AT NETFLIX
Also streaming sometime this year on Netflix is movie adaptation of Emma Donoghue's THE WONDER with Florence Pugh leading the cast as a nurse in the 19th century story about about a young girl from Ireland who begins a fast for spiritual reasons and seemingly suffers no physical harm, surviving for a month without food or drink.

WW2 THE NIGHTINGALE
Christmas 2022 will bring into cinemas a big screen adaptation of Kristin Hannah's THE NIGHTINGALE in which Dakota and Ella Fanning play two sisters Vianne and Isabelle, who take different paths trying to survive the Nazis who occupied France during World War II!

WHITE BIRD
WW2 will also be the subject in the September 2022 movie adaptation of R.J. Palacio's WHITE BIRD with Helen Mirren playing a grandmother, who tells her grandson her remarkable story of being a young Jewish girl in France who was hidden from the Nazis by her classmate’s family.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
You can also check out the first photo of Haris Dickinson, Daisy Edgar Jones and Reese Witherspoon in the film version of Delia Owens' WHERE THE CRAWDAD'S SING, the coming-of-age story set on the North Carolina coast unfolding the mystery of how a woman who grew up isolated in the marshes of the deep South becomes a suspect in a murder. The film arrives in July.

MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS
The big screen version of Paul Gallico's classic book MRS HARRIS GOES TO PARIS should arrive this March with Lesley Manville playing Ada Harris, a widowed cleaning lady from the 1950s London, who becomes obsessed with owning a gown from House of Dior in Paris. Jason Isaacs and Isabelle Huppert also star. 

DAISY JONES AND THE SIX
Best selling book by Taylor Jenkins Reid on the imaginary rock band DAISY JONES AND THE SIX is arriving to Amazon this year in the form of a series depicting rise and fall of the titular Fleetwood Mac-esque fictionalrock band in the 1970s. Riley Keough plays Daisy Jones, an enigmatic solo artist who rises to rock-superstardom when she teams up with The Six, a band whose pompous frontman is played by Sam Claflin.

MR. MALCOLM'S LIST
Suzanne Allain wrote the script for the movie version of her own book MR. MALCOLM'S LIST which will stream on Netflix this year starring Freida Pinto, Theo James and Oliver Jackson Cohen in a story about a young woman in 1800s England who enlists the help of her friend to get revenge on a suitor who rejected her for failing a requirement on his list. 

ITV'S TOM JONES
ITV and PBS Masterpiece are, meanwhile, turning Henry Fielding's popular classic TOM JONES into a period set mini series in which Solly McLeod will play the titular 18th century foundling on his way to find love, happiness and fortune. Poldark's Mammoth Screen is producing.

DUCHESS OF MALFI
New movie adaptation of John Webster's play will star Morfydd Clark, Dominic Cooper, Sam Riley, Freddie Fox and Frank Dillane, following the recently widowed Duchess who falls in love with her steward Antonio. Their union sets in motion a conflict with her cruel and vengeful brothers, the Cardinal and Ferdinand, who enlist the spy Bosola to keep her from escaping their control.

THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE
You will also watch Theo James in HBO's TV series adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's novel THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE! It will follow Clare (Rose Leslie) who meets and falls with Henry (Theo James), a man who suffers a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel at random. The story chronicles their life together as Henry darts through time, appearing to Clare both in her childhood and in her old age.

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
Recently deceased Anne Rice did not live up to see the small screen adaptation of her INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE but it is quite possible that the series which is currently shooting will air at the end of the year at AMC. It follows Louis de Pointe du Lac as he recounts how he was turned into a vampire and then mentored by Lestat de Lioncourt to be played by our dearest Sam Reid.