Thursday, October 31, 2019

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON APPLE'S MAGNIFICENT NEW EPIC FANTASY SERIES SEE WITH JASON MOMOA! CHARACTER PHOTOS AND NEW TRAILER

   'SEE' NEW EPIC SERIES
LAUNCHES APPLE TV THIS FRIDAY
Jason Momoa plays the lead role in See
The latest new epic show to arrive to us this Autumn and the one that will have the honour and a tough task to launch Apple's new streaming service on Friday SEE  starts its ten episodes November 1st with the story that takes place 600 years after a deadly virus decimated humanity and left the few survivors (and their descendants) blind. When two children are born with sight, their adoptive father, Baba Voss (Jason Momoa) must protect the twins and his tribe from those who want to destroy them, including the powerful and
The new show already has a second season ordered at Apple
desperate Queen Kane (Sylvia Hoeks). The producers had talks with blind consultants and evolutionary biologists and survivalists in order to depict this
The series is launching the whole new Apple TV streaming service
apocalyptic world. The actors had movement coaches to teach them how to move as if they were blind. With Jason Momoa as the Chief of the Alkenny tribe the rest of the cast includes the following faces:

  Maghra The Ayura Mother
Maghra is played by Hera Hilmar: as an Ayura, a person with heightened hearing, she has the ability to sense truth and hear secrets. Yet, she keeps from the world the biggest secret of all, her children. She is wise, loving and kind, but will protect her family above all else! Found lost, alone and pregnant in a storm, Maghra took shelter with the Alkenny tribe. Soon she became mother of two unique twins.

Evil Queen Kane of Payan
Queen Kane, absolute monarch of the Payan Kingdom, rules from her palace, the Kanzua Dam. Played by Sylvia Hoeks, she is the ruler of the Payan tribe, and lives in one of the only places that still has electricity. In a world where sight is considered a forbidden heresy, she tasks her tribe with finding the children who are rumoured to have this mythic ability.

  Paris the Presage
Paris is played by Alfre Woodard, she is a midwife and spiritual leader to the Alkenny tribe. As their elder and an advisor she has earned the respect of her tribe. She wields her knowledge like a weapon, using her wisdom to protect the ones she loves. As a Presage, Paris can sense the emotions and intent of those around her.

Kofun Who Can See
Kofun is the composed, careful and intelligent son of Maghra. Kofun has a secret he must keep from his tribe. Kofun, played by Archie Madekwe, is Jerlamarel and Maghra’s son who can see. He is more cautious than his twin sister, Haniwa.

  Haniwa Who Can See
Proud, determined, and strong, Haniwa is the daughter of Maghra, and sister to Kofun. She is seeking to find her origin and her purpose. She sees a world that stretches beyond the familiarity of the Alkenny. She moves in silence and observes, to keep what is sacred, protected. Played by Nesta Cooper she grows up to become more rebellious than her twin brother.

Bow Lion The Shadow
Bow Lion holds the power of life and death in her hands. It’s a heavy burden for anyone to carry. Skilled with both the staff and killing rope, Bow Lion has made a name for herself amongst the fiercest of Alkenny warriors. Played by Yadira Guevara-Prip, she is known by her tribe as “The Shadow,” who befriends Jerlamarel and Maghra’s children.

  Tamacti The Witchfinder General
Tamacti Jun played by Christian Camargo is Queen Kane’s Witchfinder General. The Queen tasks him to find the children with sight. Seated at the head of the Payan army, he leads their violent quest to deliver the Queens justice to the land. There are none more loyal to the Queen than Tamacti Jun. For 20 summers he is sworn to serve her ambition!

What Did The Spy Think?
Although brave in its decision to tackle a world in which everybody is blind, for which it deserves every praise, the show's lack of multiple plots robs it of any dynamics and makes it a borderline unwatchable affair with bad costumes and uninspired sets and production design. Momoa playing the
Apple's new show does not fulfil expectations and falls flat, sadly
same character for who knows which time in his career and the deeply disgusting character of the evil queen (with an almost ridiculously atrocious performance by Sylvia Hoeks) who prays by making her subjects satisfy her orally, which only has a shock value and no other purpose, makes this flat show even worse. I cannot imagine how Apple ordered the second season of something so crucially bad.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

JIM BROADBENT AND HELEN MIRREN TO BE ART STEALERS IN THE DUKE HEIST MOVIE! DANIELLE MACDONALD, JOANNA LUMLEY SET FOR OPERATIC ROMCOM FALLING FOR FIGARO

   'THE DUKE' HEIST DRAMA
TO SEND JIM BROADBENT AND HELEN MIRREN STEALING
This certainly sounds delightful! As Deadline reveals today, Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren will star in THE DUKE for Pathe! They will play a husband and wife in a movie based on the real-life story of 60 year old taxi driver Kempton Bunton who, in 1961, stole a Goya painting from the
Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent will play husband and wife
National Gallery in London. Bunton sent a ransom note saying he would only return the picture on condition that the UK government agreed to provide free TV for the elderly. However, it turned out he was spinning a web of lies, with the full story not emerging for another 50 years. The incident was the first, and still only, theft in the National Gallery’s history.

   'FALLING FOR FIGARO'
PUTS OPERA INTO A ROMCOM
Another delightful project will combine romantic comedy with opera! Danielle Macdonald and Joanna Lumley have been cast in FALLING FOR FIGARO! Set in the fierce world of opera singing competitions, the movie follows Millie (Macdonald), a brilliant young fund manager who decides to leave her unfulfilling job and long term boyfriend behind to chase
Joanna Lumley and Danielle Macdonald will star in the romcom
her lifelong dream of becoming an opera singer in the Scottish Highlands. She begins intense vocal training lessons with renowned singing teacher and former opera diva Meghan Geoffrey Bishop (Lumley) and meets Max, another of Meghan’s students, who is also training for an upcoming contest.The movie will feature music from famous operas including The Barber Of Seville, The Marriage Of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Romeo And Juliet, and Carmen.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

GRUESOME TRAILER FOR BBC'S AND NETFLX EPIC NEW DRACULA SERIES HAS BEEN UNLEASHED!

   'DRACULA' TRAILER
FOR SCARY NEW BBC SERIES
I did not expect this one to be so disgustingly graphic, but it is: BBC has released the first gruesome trailer for their new DRACULA series which will 
Claes Bang takes the lead role of Count Dracula
also air on Netflix. Claes Bang plays the count himself next to always lovely John Heffernan as Jonathan Harker, Joanna Scanlan, Dolly Wells,
John Heffernan plays Jonathan Harker in the series
Morfydd Clark, Lujza Richter, Jonathan Aris, Sacha Dhawan, Nathan Stewart Jarrett, Catherine Schell, Youssef Kerkour, Clive Russell and Mark Gatiss!
Drac VS Victorian London
The series, which was shot in Orava Castle in Slovakia, is set in Transylvania in 1897, where the blood drinking Count Vlad is drawing his
The series will air on BBC sometime next winter
plans against Victorian London. As the producers say, hell has a new boss! Netflix will air the three 90 minute episode saga around the world with BBC airing it in UK and Ireland this winter!

Monday, October 28, 2019

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON THE AERONAUTS PERIOD SET ADVENTURE WITH EDDIE REDMAYNE, FELICITY JONES, VINCENT PEREZ, TOM COURTENAY, ANNE REID

   'THE AERONAUTS' 
AIM HIGH REACH FOR THE SKY
The movie hits Amazon Prime around Christmas
The two of them starred together for the first time in The Theory of Everything five years ago and both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones were nominated for Oscars that year for their roles in that one, and now they are working together in THE AERONAUTS but it is safe to say this one won't be in the running for Academy Awards. It is ready, though, to premier November 4th in United Kingdom, and then from December 6th in USA and December 20th on Amazon Prime, following daredevil pilot Amelia Wren and weather scientist James Glaisher who find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon.

  Inspired By True Events
In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in
This is the second time Redmayne and Jones are starring together
history. While breaking records and advancing scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them. But they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.

Erased For Being A Man?
Although James Glaisher was the real historical person, Amelia Wren is a fictional character who replaces his real life assistant  Henry Tracey Coxwell with a female version. Wonder what would feminists have to say on
The film is based on Richard Holmes book Falling Upwards: How We Took To The Air
that? They say the aim was to inspire girls that they can go on adventures too, but if that did not really happen isn't it a despicable case of fabricating history for the sake of modern agenda in which a real life hero Coxwell gets totally
The movie was directed by Tom Harper
erased just because he wasn't a female? While portraying Glaisher, Eddie Redmayne has a serious ankle injury and had to wear a cast! With Tom Harper from BBC's War and Peace directing, the cast also includes Tom Courtenay and Anne Reid as James' parents, Vincent Perez as Amelia's husband. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON KNIVES OUT COMEDY MYSTERY WITH CHRIS EVANS, DANIEL CRAIG, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, TONI COLLETTE, MICHAEL SHANNON, DON JOHNSON, JAMIE LEE CURTIS

  STELLAR 'KNIVES OUT' 
IS OUT IN CINEMAS TOMORROW!
Knives are Out tomorrow, November 27th
Here is one from Lionsgate that is out as soon as tomorrow and I'm sure a lot of you have been anxiously waiting for that very day: KNIVES OUT had its run around movie festivals this Autumn after opening first at Toronto International Film Festival back in September, and is now  finally ready to bring mystery to theatres near you November 27th. And not just mystery, but also a bit of comedy and one of the most stellar casts we have seen on the big screens this year: Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Daniel Craig (who plays a sort of an American Poirot), Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael
The movie was both written and directed by Rian Johnson
Shannon, Katherine Langford, Frank Oz are just some of the well known names you will be seeing in the comedy mystery thriller in which
Daniel Craig and Chris Evans lead the cast of the movie
'everyone has a motive, but no one has a clue'! The $40 million worth movie was directed by Rian Johnson who made himself famous with the Last Jedi
Michael Shannon and Christopher Plummer star in the film
Star Wars movie. The man also wrote the script himself for his passion project that he has been working on for almost ten years! The movie has been universally praised so far by those who have had the chance to already see it.

Nothing Really Brings A Family Together Like Murder
Wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) invites his dysfunctional extended family to his remote mansion on his 85th
Toni  Collette and Don Johnson are also part of the family
birthday in hopes of reuniting them all. However, the day after the birthday party, Harlan is found dead by members of the family at his estate and thus, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is
Jamie Lee Curtis and Katherine Langford star in the film as well
mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL CHINESE ANIMATED ADVENTURE WHITE SNAKE OUT THIS NOVEMBER!

  'WHITE SNAKE' 
CHINESE ANIMATED ADVENTURE
The film will hit selected theatres next month
This one already had its run in Chinese cinemas at the beginning of the year, but is hitting select theatres in Northern America November 29th! WHITE SNAKE is a Chinese animated adventure done in a co production with Warner Bros. The movie was quite a success in China scoring close to $70 million in their cinemas during their New Year season in February. It is based on one of China's four most popular folk tales, The Legend of the White Snake and follows a snake demon girl who falls for a kind hearted human in a story of forbidden love threatened by both earthly and otherworldly forces. You can check out the magnificent photos (click on them to see them in all their beauty) and trailer below and tell us what you think!

When Snake Hunter Falls 4 A Snake 
As Variety reports, in the centre of the story is a snake spirit Blanca (voice by Zhang Zhe) who loses her memory while being disguised as a human woman and falls in love with a snake hunter. This strongly displeases her sister Verta (voice by Tang Xiaoxi) the green snake demon. When she gives Blanca a magical jade hairpin, Blanca is suddenly transported back to Tang Dynasty times. There, in a village nestled between magnificent stone pillars rising hundreds of yards into the sky, she meets Sean (Yang Tianxiang), a handsome hunter with a funny talking dog named Doudou (Zhang He), who is, together with the rest of the downtrodden villagers, forced to catch snakes for Dark General (Zhang Yaohan) and his sidekick Little General (Zhang Boheng), who believe vipers hold the key to supreme power! But Sean and Doudou will accompany Blanca on a quest to discover her identity and realize her destiny.

Friday, October 25, 2019

FESTIVE THURSDAY: NEW PHOTOS FROM BBC'S SERIES A CHRISTMAS CAROL WITH GUY PEARCE, JOE ALWYN, ANDY SERKIS! LET IS NOW NETFLIX HOLIDAY MOVIE TRAILER

  'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' 
NEW PHOTOS ARE HERE!
 The latest update on this year's Christmas programmes brings you new photos from BBC's and FX's new version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL! Guy Pearce is taking the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the 3 part special which
Guy Pearce leads the cast as Scrooge himself
brings a unique and original take on the Charles Dickens’ iconic ghost story by Steven Knight (Taboo, Peaky Blinders) and a haunting, hallucinatory, spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge’s dark night of the soul.

The Rest Of The Cast
Andy Serkis will appear in the series as Ghost of Christmas Past; Stephen Graham as Jacob Marley; Charlotte Riley (who happens to be the
Joe Alwyn is Scrooge's poor clerk Bob Cratchit!
producers wife, talk about nepotism) as Scrooge's sister Lottie; Joe Alwyn as Scrooge's poor clerk Bob Cratchit; Vinette Robinson as Mary Cratchit; Jason
Andy Serkis is the Ghost of Christmas Past
Flemyng as the Ghost of Christmas Future (he replaced Rutger Hauer who died during the production); Kayvan Novak as Ali Baba and Lenny Rush as Tim Cratchit. Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott are producing.



  'LET IT SNOW' TRAILER
BRINGS A CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD
Continuing our announcements for upcoming festive films and series, today you can check out the trailer for Netflix movie LET IS SNOW, a
It will snow from November 8th!
movie adaptation of a book by Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle (translated by your spy for readers in Europe) which will hit Netflix streaming service November 8th! The teenage holiday movie is set in a small town on Christmas Eve, where a snowstorm brings together a group of young people. When a snowstorm hits a small midwestern town on Christmas Eve, a group of high school seniors find their friendships and love lives colliding thanks to a stranded pop star, a stolen keg, a squad of competitive dancers, a mysterious woman covered in tin foil, and an epic party at the local Waffle Town. Come Christmas morning, nothing will be the same. 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

FIRST TRAILER FOR ITV'S AND JULIAN FELLOWES' PERIOD SET SERIES BELGRAVIA IS HERE WITH TOM WILKINSON, ALICE EVE! 1ST LOOK AT DANIEL SHARMAN IN NETFLIX' CURSED KING ARTHUR EPIC TV SERIES

  'BELGRAVIA' ITV SERIES
REVEALS FIRST TRAILER!
This one will not air before 2020, but ITV has decided to tease us with the first trailer for their new period set drama BELGRAVIA based on the novel
The series will air next year on ITV and EPIX
by Julian Fellowes who is also producing the series himself. The brand new six-part series from Carnival Films will also air on EPIX in 2020, telling an
The series is based on a novel Julian Fellowes wrote himself
intriguing tale of London society in the 19th Century. The cast includes Tamsin Greig, Philip Glenister, Harriet Walter, Tom Wilkinson, Alice Eve.

19th Century London
Belgravia is a story of secrets and dishonour amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th Century. When the Trenchards accept
The new series will air in six hourlong episodes
an invitation to the now legendary ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond on the fateful eve of the Battle of Waterloo, it sets in motion a series of events that
Carnival Films is producing the series for ITV
will have consequences for decades to come as secrets unravel behind the porticoed doors of London’s grandest postcode. Check out the trailer below:



  NEW 'CURSED' PHOTO
Daniel Sharman plays Weeping Monk
REVEALS DANIEL SHARMAN
Speaking of period set series, check out the first look at Daniel Sharman as the Weeping Monk in Netflix epic series CURSED which will air next year with Katherine Langford playing young sorceress Nimue who encounters a young King Arthur (Devon Terrell) on his quest to find a powerful and ancient sword. You can check more photos from the series here.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

LEE PACE TO PLAY EMPEROR OF GALAXY IN APPLE'S SF TV SERIES ADAPTATION OF ASIMOV'S FOUNDATION! JOSEPH MAWLE, MAXIM BALDRY JOIN AMAZON'S LORD OF THE RINGS EPIC TV SERIES

  'LORD OF THE RINGS' 
TV SERIES CASTS NEW ACTORS
I haven't given you any updates on Amazon's upcoming new epic TV series based on famous LORD OF THE RINGS, but now we have more casting announcements: two actors whom we've watched recently on BBC,
Maxim Baldry will take one of the roles
Joseph Mawle from Troy Fall of the City (as the villain called Oren) and Years and Years Maxim Baldry have joined Will Poulter (who will play a hero called Beldor) and Markella Kavenagh (as Tyra) in the series which will begin shooting soon at New Zealand. Set in Middle Earth the series will bring new stories dating from the time before Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring during the Second Age which was the time in which the Rings of Power, including Sauron’s One Ring, were created. J.A. Bayona has been set as the director of the series which is expected to have five seasons with the first two (with costs estimated to be close to $500 million) already ordered ahead of the shooting. The first season will have an unusually big number of twenty episodes! The producers will have to stick to
Joseph Mawle will take the role of the lead villain Oren
Tolkien's mythology faithfully as Tolkien's Estate, according to contract, can veto all the ideas that are not in keeping with it. The pilot episode should air sometime in 2021, so you will have to be very, very patient.

  LEE PACE TO LEAD 
ASIMOV'S FOUNDATION SAGA!
Speaking of massive fantasy sagas, Apple has just found lead stars for its TV series adaptation of Isaac Asimov's famous sf classic FOUNDATION
Lee Place will rule the Galaxy in the new series
The ten episode series will be toplined by Lee Pace and Jared Harris in a story about a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it. As Deadline reports, Lee Pace will portray Brother Day, the current Emperor of the Galaxy, while Jared Harris will play Hari Seldon, a mathematical genius who predicts the demise of the empire. David Goyer (Da Vinci's Demons) is serving as the show runner and executive producer as well. This comes after rumours that Apple has already invested close to $250 million into their sf series SEE which launches their streaming service next week and has the second season already ordered!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

FIRST POSTERS FOR NETFLIX CHRISTMAS COMEDIES: MERRY HAPPY WHATEVER SITCOM WITH DENNIS QUAID, BRENT MORIN, THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS ROMCOM WITH VANESSA HUDGENS, JOSH WHITEHOUSE

  'MERRY HAPPY WHATEVER' 
THE FAMILY IS NO HOLIDAY
If you don't know what to watch this Christmas Netflix has two suggestions for you and we have posters for both of them! MERRY HAPPY WHATEVER will air during holidays as an eight episode sitcom starring
Merry Happy Whatever starts streaming November 28th
Dennis Quaid as a strong willed patriarch who must balance the demands of his complicated family with the stress of the Christmas season when his youngest daughter comes home for the holidays with a new boyfriend (Brent Morin).

  THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
 A MODERN DAY ROMANCE WITH A MEDIAEVAL TWIST
In the movie department, they've prepared a festive romantic comedy which streams November 21st! THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
The movie will stream next month
has the following plot: After a sorceress transports medieval knight Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse) to present day Ohio during the holiday season, he befriends Brooke (Vanessa Hudgens), a clever and kind science teacher who's been disillusioned by love. Brooke helps Sir Cole navigate the modern world and tries to help him discover how to fulfil his mysterious one true quest - the only act that will return him home. But as he and Brooke grow closer, Sir Cole begins to wonder just how much he wants to return to his old life. You can catch the glimpses of both programmes in the Netflix festive trailer below:

Monday, October 21, 2019

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON ROMAN ERA EPIC TV SERIES BRITANNIA SEASON 2 WITH DAVID MORRISSEY, ELEANOR WORTHINGTON COX, MACKENZIE CROOK

  'BRITANNIA' EPIC TV SERIES
The new season starts November 7th
2ND SEASON CHARA- CTER PHOTOS
I'm sure that most of you will agree with me that the first season definitely was not what we expected we would see when they told us we were getting a new historical series about the Roman invasion of Great Britain. We expected to see mighty legions, brave Celtic queens and warriors in chariots, but instead we got crazed mystics, psychotic generals, a couple of weed smoking Roman junkies and the only even remotely likeable character dead right after she finally became the Celtic
David Morrissey returns as evil Roman general Aulus Plautius
queen. But it still was one of Sky's most watchable series last year (not that they have a lot of them) and the second season of BRITANNIA is ready to
Eleanor Worthington Cox returns as Celtic hope Cait
launch its brand new ten episodes November 7th and today you can feast your eyes on the crazy character photos (I did tell you most of the show seemed like
Nikolaj Lie Kass is again the crazy Divis aka The Outcast
it was written on tons of weed, so thus the psychedelic photos in the character photo gallery) and a new trailer which promises more action than the first season had.

  The Story Of The Second Season
Two years after arriving in Britannia, General Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey) is Romanising willing Celt tribes with the help of the new Celtic
Liana Cornel will play a character named Ania in the new season
Queen Amena (Annabel Scholey), and crushing those who try to resist. But Aulus looks to have a hidden agenda that makes him an increasing threat to
Julian Rhind Tutt is cowardly Celtic prince Phelan
the Celts’ religious leaders the Druids. The only hope for the Druids and the resisting Celts is Cait (Eleanor Worthington Cox), a young girl being
Mackenzie  Crook plays both Veran and Harka in the series
trained by outcast Divis (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) to fulfil a prophecy set to save Britannia from the Romans. But when Druid leader Veran’s brother Harka
Gershwyn Eustache returns as troubled legionary Vitus
(Mackenzie Crook plays both of them), “the dead man”, wakes, the pair begin an epic battle of wills that divides the Druids and puts the prophecy in jeopardy.