EDDIE REDMAYNE TO FLY BALLOONS WITH FELICITY JONES!
Tom Harper will helm Aeronauts!
Casting news today, beginning with Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones who will team up again after The Theory of Everything in THE AERONAUTS a period adventure based on true events about two 19th century hot air balloonists in which, as Deadline reports, Felicity Jones will play balloon pilot Amelia Wren and Eddie Redmayne will be scientist James Glaisher. In 1862, they embarked on an extraordinary journey to discover the secrets of the heavens. In the process, they fly higher in an open balloon than anyone ever has – either before or since. They make breathtaking discoveries, but as they ascend to the highest reaches of the atmosphere, they are forced into an epic fight for survival. War and Peace BBC mini series helmer Tom Harper is directing the movie.
DISNEY FINDS ITS 'MULAN'
IN CHINESE STAR LIU YIFEI
Liu is also a brand ambassador for Dior and Garnier
Disney, who is in the process of turning a lot of their
animated movies into live action ones, has found their lead star for
MULAN live action remake to be directed by Niki Caro! The role of the
daughter of a legendary warrior who impersonates a man in order to fight
in the lines of the Han Dynasty armies against a Hun invasion in the
fifth century China, has been given to young Chinese actress Liu Yifei
also known as Crystal Liu. As The Hollywood Reporter writes a team of
casting directors visited five continents and saw nearly 1,000
candidates for the role, which requires credible martial arts skills!
Hollywood Spy is no stranger to Liu as we've mentioned her many times
over the years when she starred in epic movies Forbidden Kingdom,
alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li, Outcast, opposite Nicolas Cage and
Hayden Christensen and earlier this year in Once Upon a Time.
BBC TO START ADAPTATIONS OF CHARLES DICKENS' CLASSICS
You've seen first pics from their new period set drama The Miniaturist yesterday, and today we have more news coming from BBC who are now
It will be the first of a series of Dickens' adaptations
looking to adapt a series of Dickens' works beginning with A CHRISTMAS CAROL which will be adapted into three part mini series by Tom Hardy's production house, Ridley Scott and Steven Knight of Peaky Blinders. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly cold hearted boss, who is visited by four ghosts from the past, present and the future, on a freezing Christmas Eve, and must face up to how his self interested, penny pinching behaviour has impacted his own life and those around him, leaving him in a paranoid bubble of fear, will air on Christmas 2019! This Christmas, meanwhile, will see The Miniaturist and new Little Women mini series airing on the small screens in Britain.
'THE LONG SONG'
BBC TO MAKE 19TH CENTURY JAMAICA SET MINI SERIES BBC One has also announced a three part adaptation of Andrea Levy’s
epic and award winning novel THE LONG SONG about the dying days of
The book was shortlisted for Man Booker Prize
in Jamaica. It follows a strong willed young female slave July
on a Jamaican plantation in the 19th century. She is a natural survivor,
who begins her story as a slave, but ends it as the mother of a
Told from July’s perspective as she looks back over her life, the tone
is funny, defiant and indomitable.
Above all, it’s a powerful story about love and survival, with vivid set
pieces of social unrest and turmoil, and characters who change and
develop in unpredictable ways. It’s also a story about the injustices
which humans inflict upon each other, and the unexpected ways in which
people’s humanity sometimes overrules their prejudices.
Sky Atlantic has finally revealed the date when their new Roman Age set epic series BRITAN- NIA will start airing - January 18th next year! The series will have eight hour long episodes with the 90 minute opening one!
DRUIDS VS ROME When the Romans invade Britain in 43AD, Kerra (Kelly Reilly),
daughter of the King of the Cantii, is forced to put her differences
aside with arch rival Queen Antedia
Kerra leads her warriors into battle against Romans
(Zoe Wanamaker) to face their
invaders. The Romans, led by General Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey),
are determined to succeed where Julius Caesar
Kelly Reilly and David Morrisson lead the cast
failed and conquer this
mythical land at the far edge of the Roman Empire. Aulus is a strong and
resilient leader, but harbours a deep secret that
Stanley Weber also stars in Britannia
mission. As tribes and Druids unite to fight the Romans, Kerra is thrust
into the most important role of her life as she spearheads the
resistance against the might of the Roman army.
I hear that the above trailer is geoblocked which means you cannot watch it in North America, if that is the case with you check out this one below:
BBC'S 'THE MINIATURIST'
1ST PERIOD SET DRAMA PHOTOS
Meanwhile, Sky's rival BBC has unveiled
first photos presenting the characters from their new three episode
period set drama THE
MINIATURIST which will, I'm guessing, probably
start airing in two weeks when Howards End finishes, so we can probably
expect a trailer and more photos soon!
BASED ON JESSIE BURTON BOOK Set in 1686, it follows 18 year old Nella Oortman (Anya Taylor Joy)
who knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of
Anya Taylor Joy is Nella Oortman
Full of hopes and dreams, she has come from the country to
begin a new life as the wife of wealthy merchant, Johannes (Alex
Hassell) Brandt. But instead
Alex Hassell is Johannes in the series
of Johannes, she’s met by his cold sister
Marin (Romola Garai) and quickly realises that nothing is as it seems in
the Brandt household.
Romola Garai and Anya Taylor Joy
finally appears he presents her with an extraordinary
wedding gift: a doll’s house replica of their home. It is to be
furnished by an elusive miniaturist,
The series will probably start airing in December
whose tiny creations mirror what is
happening within the house in unexpected ways and seem to be predicting
and unravelling the future with unsettling accuracy.
Here is something I did not have time to show you during the week, first trailer for RAMPAGE which is literally two minutes of Dwayne Johnson
Rampage is based on a popular video game
certified cinematic madness :) as you will see. There is also the first poster for the action flick which will monkey its way into cinemas next April also starring Joe Manganiello, Malin Akerman and Marley Shelton!
IN RAMPAGE Dwayne Johnson is primatologist Davis Okoye who
shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent
gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic
experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster.
As these newly created monsters tear across
Brad Peyton is directing after working with Dwayne on San Andres and Journey 2
North America, destroying
everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic
engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an
The movie hits cinemas around the world next April
ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to
save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
Your delight for this postfestive weekend are hilarious new character posters for family comedy movie PADDINGTON 2 a sequel to the 2014 hit movie which now boasts an exquisitely strong thespian cast with Hugh Bonneville, Hugh Grant, Imelda Staunton, Julie Walters, Brendan Gleeson, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent and Ben Whishaw! It is already out this month in Europe, it will keep bowing around the world in December too and will hit American theatres in January
2018 the year which marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first Paddington book by Michael
Paddington will arrive to USA next January
Bond! The third movie has already been announced after this one scored a success even bigger than the first one at the British box office.
IN THE SEQUEL
Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor
Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community,
spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the
perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, Paddington
spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks
upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's
up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. In the first few weeks in UK cinemas the film has received stunningly high marks from the critics and the audiences!
STUNNINGLY STELLAR CAST!
The cast is again led by Hugh Bonneville as Henry Brown, Mary's husband and Judy and Jonathan's father!
Sally Hawkins is Mary Brown, Henry’s wife and Judy and Jonathan’s mother.
Brendan Gleeson appears as Nuckles McGinty, a safecracker and prison cook, while
Julie Walters is Mrs. Bird!
Jim Broadbent is Samuel Gruber, antique shop owner while
Hugh Grant appears in the movie as Phoenix Buchanan, a faded and narcissistic actor who stars in dog food commercials and is the main antagonist with many disguises as you can see from the posters!
Ben Whishaw lends his voice to Paddington and Imelda Staunton to Paddington's aunt Lucy with Michael Gambon as his uncle. Joanna Lumley is also in the mindblowingly stellar cast!
The only thing I have for you this Black Friday is the trailer and photos for the second season of Jason Momoa's epic TV series FRONTIER which bows today with all episodes on Netflix after already starting on Discovery in
Declan Harp is obviously very, very angry!
Canada. The series in which he plays an outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson’s Bay Company’s monopoly on the 18th century fur trade in Canada, has already been ordered for a six episode third season as well!
TO THE WILD FRONTIER In the epic second season the FRONTIER expands with spectacular new
views of the northern wilderness, and new players entering the ruthless
game in the quest for power and wealth, pushing everyone to either
A six episode third season has already been ordered!
unknown alliances or arm themselves against them. Fort James is
left in chaos after Michael Smyth (Landon Liboiron), Sokanon (Jessica Matten), and Grace Emberly (Zoe Boyle) detonated a munitions magazine, leaving Declan
The series has been a success for Discovery Canada
Harp (Jason Momoa)
to slip through the hangman’s noose. With Harp gone, the Black Wolf
Company is fractured and scattered to the wind. No one knows if Harp
survived or not… but Lord Benton (Alun Armstrong) is not taking
All second season episodes are available for watching as of today!
any chances; he offers a dead or alive bounty for Harp, unleashing a
dangerous threat to Harp and his allies as killers come to the frontier
in search of the reward. In the burgeoning city of Montréal, the power
dynamic of the trade is in flux, as serious battle lines are drawn
between Elizabeth Carruthers (Katie McGrath) and Samuel Grant (Shawn Doyle).
While you are having your Thanksgiving feast if you are reading us from America, you can hop over to the jungle with us through the final premium spotlight on the sequel to the 90's classic movie hit with brand new character posters ! Dwayne Johnson brings JUMANJI sequel WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE to theatres December 20th this winter in a brand new 3D action adventure directed by Jake Kasdan! Today you can check out a new trailer below filled with humour and also a few new posters!
The movie is a tribute to Robin Williams
LOST IN THE GAME In a brand new Jumanji adventure, four high school kids discover an
old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting,
literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is
that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. To beat the game
and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous
adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago,
and change the way they think
about themselves - or they'll be stuck in
the game forever, to be played by others without break.
Spencer Miller, a nerdy
gamer who goes to detention with Fridge, Martha, and Bethany and
discovers the Jumanji video game, is played by Alex Wolff,
Story takes place 20 years after the first film
Dwayne Johnson is Dr. Smolder Bravestone, an archaeologist and explorer, Spencer's avatar. Jack Black appears as Professor Shelly Oberon, a
Although the jungle is in Africa, the movie was shot on Hawaii
cartographer and cryptographer, Bethany's avatar.
Madison Iseman plays Bethany White, the prettiest
girl in school and a cheerleader who goes to
Pop star Nick Jonas plays a brave helicopter pilot in the movie
detention with Spencer, Fridge, and Martha.
Kevin Hart is Franklin "Moose" Finbar, a zoologist
and weapons specialist, Fridge's avatar.
Ser'Darius Blain is Anthony "Fridge" Johnson, a football jock who also ends up in detention
Robin Williams' character will appear in the film through archive footage
with Martha, a wallflower bookworm, whose avatar commando Ruby Roundhouse is played by Karen Gillan! Pop superstar Nick Jonas
This is a 2nd movie for Dwayne Johnson with the Welcome to the Jungle title
Alex, a mysterious guide and adventurer in the game who helps the avatars escape Jumanji, while Bobby Cannavale is John Bardon, the antagonist of the Jumanji video game.
While the show is still shooting over in UK, Sky has released the first photos from A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES based on Deborah Harkness book. It shows Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer in the lead roles as a
A vampire and a witch meet at Oxford...
vampire and a witch who fall in love with each other while hiding their true identities. She is a history professor and he a scientist who join together to decode a powerful manuscript which could bring peace between their kinds.
Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer lead the cast
The series, which will air sometime next year, will also star Alex Kingston as her mother a powerful witch, and Lindsay Duncan as his vampire mother who hates witches.
Magic, but winter one, will also rule in new animated adventure movie SMALLFOOT which just got its first trailer and a bunch of hilarious character posters. It was originally slated for release next February but has been pushed later on into Autumn 2018, opening in cinemas in North America next September and Europe next October.
HUMANS REALLY EXIST!!! 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 and Smurfs II), who also wrote the
script for the
The movie opens next October in Europe
hilarious animated comedy, SMALLFOOT 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.
The movie opens next September in USA
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!
While Murder on the Orient Express is currently tripling its budget at the worldwide box office (it already earned more than $150 million in just
It's one of Agatha's best selling mysteries
ten days and it cost only $50 million), the same team is planning on doing Agatha Christie's DEATH ON THE NILE next and Kenneth Branagh is expected to return both as the director and as Hercule Poirot at least as Hollywood Reporter writes today. He will be travelling again, not on a train, but this time on a river cruise. Scriptwriter Michael Green is also returning.
Published in 1937, three years after Orient Express as one of Christie's most popular novels, it also features
rich socialites and their help in the story which sees the detective on
a vacation in Egypt where he becoms involved in a love triangle gone
'PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST'
JIM CAVIEZEL TEASER IS HERE!
Jim Caviezel and James Faulkner lead the cast
The first teaser has been released for next Easter's Jim Caviezel starring drama PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST in which Paul (James Faulkner), suffers alone in a Roman prison, awaiting his execution under Emperor Nero.
Mauritius (Olivier Martinez), the ambitious prison prefect, can hardly see what threat this broken man poses. Once he was Saul of Tarsus, the high-ranking killer of Christians. Now his faith rattles Rome. At great risk, Luke the
Physician (Jim Caviezel) visits the aged Paul to comfort him and to smuggle out Paul’s letters to the growing community of believers. Amid Nero’s persecution, these men and women will spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and change the world.
After our majestic Epic Weekend we are still in the same epic waters today as well, with the new trailer and cast photos for History's brand new epic adventure action television series KNIGHTFALL which starts airing worldwide Wednesday December 6th! The ten episode first season takes viewers inside the medieval politics and warfare of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most precious relics.
THE STORY OF KNIGHTFALL
begins after the fall of the city of Acre, the Templar’s
last stronghold in the Holy Land, where the Holy Grail is lost. Years
later, a clue emerges suggesting the whereabouts of the Grail and sends
the Templars, led by the noble,
The King and Queen of France, Ed Stoppard and Olivia Ross
courageous and headstrong Templar Knight
Landry (Tom Cullen), on a life or death mission to find the lost
Cup of Christ. From their battles in the Holy Land, to their clash with
the King of France, to the dark events leading to the demise of the
Templar Order on Friday the 13th, 1307, a date which became
The Royal court of France, the royal family and De Nogaret
with bad luck, the story of the Knights Templar has never been fully
told until now. Focusing on themes such as belief, sacrifice, politics,
love, power and revenge, KNIGHTFALL goes deep into the clandestine
world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks to find out who
these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing.
KINGS, QUEENS AND A POPE
Beside Cullen, Pádraic Delaney plays Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order who was crippled at Acre, while Simon Merrells is Tancrede, a steadfast, brave, and resolute knight who venerates
Simon Merrells is knight Tancrede
his Templar vows above all else. Jim Carter is Pope Boniface VIII, the Holy Leader of the Templar Knights and a stabilizing, incorruptible force within a chaotic medieval world! Olivia Ross is Queen Joan of Navarre, wife to King Philip IV of France and a powerful Queen in her own right; a devoted mother, formidable diplomat and keen strategist, while Ed Stoppard plays King Philip IV of France, the most powerful monarch in Europe who seeks to consolidate his power with the help of his Machiavellian right hand man and
Tom Cullen is the lead star of the new series
pragmatic lawyer, William De Nogaret, played by Julian Ovenden! Meanwhile, Sabrina Bartlett plays Princess Isabella, Queen Joan and King Philip's daughter who would come to dominate the Kingdom of England as the She-Wolf of France.