Friday, March 31, 2023

SHARDLAKE 16TH CENTURY SERIES CASTS ARTHUR HUGHES, SEAN BEAN! RICHARD ROXBURGH, EWEN LESLIE, JACOB COLLINS LEVY TO LEAD PROSPER AUSTRALIAN MEGACHURCH EPIC TV DRAMA! STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY SERIES ANNOUNCED

  SHARDLAKE SERIES  
ARTHUR HUGHES AND SEAN BEAN TO LEAD THE CAST
Disney + has unveiled first photo of Arthur Hughes as the lead in their new historical series SHARDLAKE based on CJ Sansom's novels. He plays a 16th century lawyer with an acute sense of justice and one of the few honest men in a world beset with scheming and plots. Sean Bean will be
First picture of Arthur Hughes in the series which is already shooting
Thomas Cromwell, Shardlake's employer and the dangerous right-hand man to Henry VIII. Shardlake has unwavering loyalty to Cromwell and the Crown, but as a person living with scoliosis during the Tudor period he is abused as a 'crookback' wherever he turns. Anthony Boyle, Babou Ceesay, Paul Kaye, and Ruby Ashbourne Serkis will also star.

 PROSPER MEGACHURCH DRAMA 
ADS RICHARD ROXBURGH, EWEN LESLIE, JACOB COLLINS LEVY
Well that will be a fantastic cast. Australians really never do wrong! Ozzie streamer Stan has announced work on new megachurch series PROSPER an epic family drama that takes a provocative peek behind the curtain of power and privilege. Richard Roxburgh leads as Cal Quinn, the founder and global
Ewen Leslie, Richard Roxburgh, Jacob Collins Levy
pastor of fictional Sydney megachurch U Star, and Rebbeca Gibney is Abi Quinn, his wife and worship leader. Their powerful megachurch is one of Australia’s fastest growing and on the precipice of a lucrative American expansion. While the family preaches messages of faith, love and acceptance to thousands of followers, behind closed doors, the they protect shameful
Ming Zhu Hii, Rebbeca Gibney, Jordi Webber
secrets. Ewen Leslie is their dutiful eldest son Dion Quinn. Ming-Zhu Hii is his wife, Taryn, and Jacob Collins-Levy is youngest son and rebel with a cause Jed, with Hayley McCarthy as Isabel ​​Kalani, the family’s only daughter and gifted singer-songwriter. Jordi Webber is her hot American husband Benji and Alexander D’Souza plays Moses, Cal and Abi’s adopted son. 

    STARFLEET ACADEMY   
NEW STAR TREK SERIES
With Star Trek: Strange New Worlds ordered for a third season even before the second has started airing from June, Paramount + has announced work on new STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY live action series. To enter production next year, it will follow the adventures of a new class of Starfleet cadets as they come of age in one of the most legendary places in the galaxy. It will introduce us to a young group of cadets who come together to pursue a common dream of hope and optimism. Under the watchful and demanding eyes of their instructors, they will discover what it takes to become Starfleet officers as they navigate blossoming friendships, explosive rivalries, first loves and a new enemy that threatens both the Academy and the Federation itself. Sadly, Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau are show runners and executive producers.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

TONY CURRAN IS KING JAMES I IN JULIANNE MOORE'S HISTORICAL SERIES MARY AND GEORGE! PARAMOUNT + TO TURN SARAH PINBOROUGH'S BESTSELLER INSOMNIA INTO TV SERIES

  TONY CURRAN IS KING  
IN MARY AND GEORGE SERIES
We have been wondering who will be the seduced king in Sky's and AMC's historical series MARY AND GEORGE with  Julianne Moore and Nicholas Galitzine in the leads, and now Tony Curran has been crowned as king James I. Also joining the cast are Nicola Walker as Lady Hatton,
Trine Dyrholm and Tony Curran will be the queen and the king
Niamh Algar as Sandie, Trine Dyrholm as Queen Anne, Sean Gilder as Sir Thomas Compton and Simon Russell Beale as Sir George Villiers. Moore plays Mary Villiers, who moulded her beautiful and charismatic son, George, to seduce King James I and become his all-powerful lover. 

  INSOMNIA THRILLER NOVEL 
GETS A TV SERIES ORDER
Paramount + has just ordered their new UK original: Sarah Pinborough's thriller book INSOMNIA will be adapted into TV series by
The book was published April last year
Left Bank Pictures. It tells the story of successful career woman Emma Averill, who fears she is losing her mind after suffering from sleep deprivation two weeks before turning 40. Her mother had a similar experience at the same age, suffering a violent psychotic breakdown on the night of her 40th birthday. But even as she relives the experience of her mother, Averill believes other forces may be at work. Her mother is hospitalized with a sudden injury, her estranged sister returns without warning, and she feels as if she is being watched. Only by investigating the truth of her painful past, can she find the answers to her present. Production should start by the end of the year.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

SAM HEUGHAN, ELEANOR TOMLINSON, ALFRED ENOCH TO LEAD COUPLE NEXT DOOR THRILLER SERIES! LENA HEADEY TO LEAD 19TH CENTURY WILD WEST NETFLIX TV SERIES THE ABANDONS!

  THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR  
TO STAR SAM HEUGHAN AND ELEANOR TOMLINSON
Starz and British Channel 4 have set a cast for their six part thriller series THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR giving the leads to Sam Heughan and Eleanor Tomlinson. It follows Tomlinson’s Evie and Pete (Alfred Enoch), who move into an upscale neighborhood and find themselves in a world of curtain twitching and status anxiety. They find friendship in the shape of the couple next door, traffic cop Danny (Heughan) and his wife, glamorous yoga instructor Becka (Jessica De Gouw), but after Danny and Evie share a passionate night together there is trouble ahead. 

  LENA HEADEY TO LEAD  
THE ABANDONS EPIC SERIES
Lena Headey will play Fiona
News coming from Netflix is that Lena Headey has been set as lead in Kurt Sutter's new Western series THE ABANDONS set in the 1850s. It follows a group of diverse, outlier families pursuing their Manifest Destiny in 1850s Oregon when a corrupt force of wealth and power, coveting their land, tries to force them out. These abandoned souls, the kind of lost souls living on the fringe of society, unite their tribes to form a family and fight back. In this bloody process, “justice” is stretched beyond the boundaries of the law. THE ABANDONS will explore that fine line between survival and law, the consequences of violence, and the corrosive power of secrets, as this family fights to keep their land. Headey will play Fiona, a strong, devout matriarch who, unable to have her own children, took in four orphans to create her own family. Driven by a higher purpose, and a strong-willed Irish temper, her faith and love for her family trump all. Sutter is also preparing historical horror movie THIS BEAST, about a trapper’s battle with an elusive beast ravaging an 18th-century English village. That one was inspired by real life French village from the 1700s.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

SEE RACHEL LEIGH COOK, SCOTT LY IN NETFLIX MOVIE ROMANCE A TOURIST GUIDE TO LOVE TRAILER! 1ST IMAGES FROM BBC'S NEW PERIOD SET DRAMA TEN POUND POMS!

  FIRST TEN POUND POMS 
IMAGES FROM BBC SERIES
BBC One has released today first images from their upcoming period set series TEN POUND POMS which follows a group of Brits as they leave dreary post-war Britain in 1956 to embark on a life-altering adventure in Australia, where they've been promised a new life - for just £10! The images for the series that will also air on Stan streamer in Australia, feature Michelle Keegan as Kate, Faye Marsay as Annie and Warren Brown as Terry. Hattie Hook appears as Pattie, Finn Treacy as Peter, David Field as Dean, Sophie Gregg as Tina, Cheree Cassidy as Marlene and Rob Collins as Ron.
 
 THE SIX EPISODE SERIES
follows a group of Brits as they embark on a life-altering adventure on the other side of the world. For only a tenner, they have been promised a better house, better job prospects and a better quality of life by the sea in sun-soaked Australia. But life down under isn’t exactly the idyllic dream the new arrivals have been promised. Struggling with their new identity as immigrants, we follow their triumphs and pitfalls as they adapt to a new life in a new country, far from Britain and familiarity.At the heart of the drama are Annie (Faye Marsay) and Terry Roberts (Warren Brown). They try to make the best of the situation for their family, but the poor living conditions at the migrant hostel and local attitudes towards immigrants test them in ways they couldn’t have imagined. They aren’t the only people at the hostel avoiding the truth. Kate (Michelle Keegan) is a young nurse who arrives without her fiancé and will do whatever it takes to try and rewrite her devastating past. Bill (Leon Ford) has lost his family business back home and is so desperate to prove he’s living the Australian dream that he’ll stop at nothing in order to get a lifestyle he can’t sustain. Teenager Stevie (Declan Coyle) comes from a troubled background and hopes to use this new adventure to escape his oppressive father. Meanwhile, Ron (Rob Collins), an Indigenous Australian war veteran, struggles with feeling like an outsider in his own country.

  A TOURIST GUIDE TO LOVE  
NETFLIX MOVIE TRAILER IS HERE
The film will stream this April on Netflix
Netflix has released a trailer and poster for their new romantic movie A TOURIST GUIDE TO LOVE which will arrive to the streamer April 21st. Rachel Leigh Cook leads the movie with Scott Ly. After an unexpected break up, a travel executive (Cook) accepts an assignment to go undercover and learn about the tourist industry in Vietnam. Along the way she finds adventure and romance with her Vietnamese expat tour guide when they decide to hijack the tour bus in order to explore life and love off the beaten path. Ben Feldman and Missi Pyle also star in this movie. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think.

Monday, March 27, 2023

SEE ROBET MAASER IN 1ST IMAGES AND DYNAMIC TEASER FOR NETFLIX WW2 SET HISTORICAL ACTION FILM BLOOD & GOLD

  BLOOD & GOLD TEASER  
AND 1ST NETFLIX MOVIE PICS
The only thing I have for you this sleepy beginning of the week are first images and a teaser for Netflix' German movie original BLOOD & GOLD which will arrive to the streamer May 29th with a global premiere. If you watched the second season of the streamer's historical series Barbarians you probably still remember how we drooled in buckets when wildly gorgeous German star Robert Maaser went deliciously shirtless unveiling his outrageously hot body as the blond hunk of a warrior Odvulf, a giant with a tender heart, and now we might hopefully see him shirtless again in this one as he has the lead role. 
 
SET IN THE FINAL DAYS OF WW2
the story follows a German soldier who, desperate to return home to his daughter, deserts his post, only to find himself caught in a battle against SS troops on a mission to uncover hidden gold. Spring, 1945. On his way home from the front to his daughter, German deserter Heinrich (Robert Maaser) stumbles into the clutches of a marauding SS troop. Their leader, VonStarnfeld (Alexander Scheer), leaves him hanging in a tree. It’s a good thing for Heinrich, then, that Elsa (Marie Hacke), a courageous young farmer, saves him and hides him on her farm. Meanwhile, the SS troop is searching for a Jewish treasure hidden in a nearby village, and encounters bitter resistance from the fed-up villagers, who want to keep the treasure for themselves. Soon Heinrich and Elsa are dragged against their will into this action-packed hunt for the gold — culminating in a bloody showdown at the village church.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON TRANSATLANTIC WW2 SET NETFLIX SERIES WITH CORY MICHAEL SMITH, COREY STOLL, LUKE THOMPSON AND GILLIAN JACOBS

  TRANSATLANTIC SERIES  
ARRIVES APRIL TO NETFLIX
The series starts April 7th on Netflix
Just like I promised you we are spending our third weekend in a row in France as I have that other new World War II set series to present to you today along with new cast photos and a trailer. TRANS ATLANTIC a  seven episode historical mini series on the evacuation of Jewish refugees during the Holocaust will start streaming over at Netflix on April 7th, created by Anna Winger and based on the novel “The Flight Portfolio” by Julia Orringer. The series had an exclusive premiere over at the freshly finished Series Mania and will lean more towards Casablanca than Schindler's List thanks to an element of
It will stream in seven episodes
humour and comedy in it. The trauma and drama is processed with humour and positivity which differs it from similar war shows.
 
  TRANS ATLANTIC is a fictionalised retelling of the real life story of American journalist Varian Fry (Cory Michael Smith) who, in 1940 at great personal risk, helped in establishing the Emergency Rescue Committee which oversaw the rescue and transportation to America of Jewish refugees and anti-Nazi dissidents from Nazi-occupied France. Along with American heiress Mary Jayne Gold (Gillian Jacobs) and German economist Albert Hirschman (Lucas Englander), Fry and the Committee helped in saving the  lives of between 2,000-4,000 prominent thought leaders, artists, and writers, some of whom appeared on the Nazi’s most-wanted list. Among those rescued  by Varian Fry were Jewish writer Franz Werfel, poet and writer Andre Breton, painter and sculptor Max Ernst, and the relatives of novelist Thomas Mann. For his heroic efforts, Mr Fry became the first American to be named ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ in 1994 by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum. Corey Stoll plays Patterson, the American Consul in Marseille who sees the refugees as an existential threat to American values. Rounding out the main cast are Grégory Montel as Philippe Frot, Ralph Amoussou as Paul Kandjo, Deleila Piasko as Lisa Fittko, Amit Rahhav as Thomas Lovegrove, and Luke Thompson as Hiram "Harry" Bingham, an American Vice Consul in Marseilles.

Saturday, March 25, 2023

SEE TRAILER FOR FRENCH PERIOD SET ACTION DRAMA MOVIE APACHES: GANGS OF PARIS WITH HUGO BECKER, ROSSY DE PALMA!

 APACHES MOVIE TRAILER 
THE GANGS OF PARIS
Just like last weekend we are staying in France this time as well, starting with a trailer for their new historical movie APACHES: GANGS OF PARIS directed
The film hits French cinemas next week
and written by Roman Quirot, which should invade French cinemas next week, March 29th. Starring Alice Isasz and Niels Schneider, Rossy de Palma and our boo Hugo Becker, this early 20th century set movie follows a young woman who infiltrates the criminal clan who killed her brother. Her plan: to murder each one of them one by one until she gets too close to their fascinating leader. The term apache was coined in Paris at the time, to describe street gangs. After France, the film will move to Russia later in May.

Friday, March 24, 2023

GEORGE MACKAY, TILDA SWINTON, STEPHEN GRAHAM TO LEAD THE END APOCALYPTIC DRAMA MOVIE! ADAM DEMOS, BART EDWARDS, RADHA MITCHELL TO LEAD TAKE MY HAND ROMANTIC MOVIE!

 GEORGE MACKAY TO LEAD 
THE END WITH TILDA SWINTON
Joshua Oppenheimer's apocalyptic new movie will have George Mackay, Stephen Graham and Tilda Swinton in the cast.  In THE END, a wealthy family survives in a palatial bunker, two decades after the world has ended. There is a mother, father, and their twenty-year-old son – he was born in the bunker and has never seen the outside world. There is a maid, with whom the son has his only honest relationship. There is also a doctor, a butler – and finally a young woman who, having barely survived, manages to find her way in. The film is a musical, and the title is THE END. Before the young woman arrives, the family celebrates their survival as confirmation of their success and righteousness, but unspoken blame over leaving loved ones behind has come between the parents, hollowing out whatever intimacy they once shared. They struggle to repress the guilt they feel for this as well as a more diffuse regret for contributing to the world’s end (The Father was an oil tycoon.) They are afraid to face their guilt, and it is this fear, more than the inhospitable conditions outside, that prevents them from leaving. Were they to leave, they’d be confronted by the truth of what they did to the world – and the fate to which they abandoned their families.

  TAKE MY HAND CASTS  
BART EDWARDS, ADAM DEMOS AND RADHA MITCHELL
Well here's a hot cast if there ever was one: our sweetest Bart Edwards, hunky Adam Demos and Radha Mitchell will lead Australian romantic drama TAKE MY HAND. Xavier Molyneux and Meg Fraser also star in the story about a vibrant young Australian woman Laura, who forges a successful banking career in London and seemingly has the perfect marriage.
Demos will be Michael, Radha Laura, and Bart Edwards her first husband
Her world is turned upside down when she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and her husband starts to show his true colors. When a tragic accident leaves her a widowed mother with three sons, she returns home to Australia, and is reunited with Michael, a high school friend and a divorcee with one daughter, who has loved Laura since they were teenagers.

Thursday, March 23, 2023

NICOLE KIDMAN, JACK REYNOR, DAKOTA FANNING IN NETFLIX PERFECT COUPLE SERIES! DOUGLAS STUART'S SHUGGIE BAIN AND YOUNG MUNGO NOVELS BEING ADAPTED INTO TV SERIES!

 THE PERFECT COUPLE SERIES 
CASTS NICOLE KIDMAN, JACK REYNOR AND OTHERS 
After working together on HBO's The Undoing, Nicole Kidman and Susanne Bier will work together on THE PERFECT COUPLE series at Netflix. Jack Reynor, Liev Schreiber, Dakota Fanning, Eve Hewson are also in talks. Based on Elin Hilderbrand's novel the six-episode murder mystery follows Nantucket native Celeste Otis, who on the Fourth of July, is about to marry the perfect man, who just so happens to be from the wealthiest family in the area. But when a body is discovered floating in the harbor on the morning of what was to be the #weddingoftheyear, everyone at the party is suddenly a suspect. 

 NEW SERIES ADAPTATIONS 
OF TWO DOUGLAS STUART BOOKS
Fashion designer slash writer Douglas Stuart has not one, but two of his books currently being turned into TV series. His 2020 Booker Prize
Shuggie Bain is being adapted by BBC
winner SHUGGIE BAIN is being turned into a series over at BBC. It  tells the story of a young boy and his relationship with his alcoholic mother in 1980s Glasgow. Sold in almost 40 countries, it is a love story between mother Agnes Bain and her gay son Shuggie. It details Agnes' descent into despair and her struggles with alcoholism following the breakdown of her marriage. While most of her children are driven away by her deterioration, Shuggie remains to help while suffering huge personal problems of his own. The novel was inspired by Stuart's own childhood in Glasgow during the Margaret Thatcher era after father left his mother. 
 
  HIS OTHER BOOK YOUNG MUNGO
 is also being adapted for small screens by A24 studio following the dangerous first love of two working class men in Glasgow. Winner of many book awards, it follows Protestant Mungo and Catholic James who are caught
Young Mungo doesn't have a broadcaster yet
between two of Glasgow’s housing estates where young working-class men divide themselves along sectarian lines, and fight territorial battles for the sake of reputation. They should be sworn enemies, and yet they become best friends as they find a sanctuary in the doocot that James has built for his prize racing pigeons. As they begin to fall in love, they dream of escaping the grey city, and Mungo must work hard to hide his true self from all those around him, especially from his elder brother Hamish, a local gang leader with a brutal reputation to uphold. When Mungo’s mother sends him on a fishing trip to a loch in Western Scotland, with two strange men behind whose drunken banter lie murky pasts, he needs to summon all his inner strength and courage to get back to a place of safety, a place where he and James might still have a future.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

AIDAN TURNER, DAVID TENNANT, LUKE PASQUALINO, DANNY DYER, ALEX HASSELL TO LEAD DISNEY'S RIVALS GLAMOROUS 80s SOAP OPERA! NETFLIX' SWEET TOOTH 2ND SEASON TRAILER

  DISNEY'S RIVALS SERIES  
ANNOUNCES STELLAR CAST
If you are in the mood for a Dynasty style 80's glam soap opera Disney + has announced cast for their new series RIVALS which, based on the novel by Jilly Cooper, follows the drama, excess, and shocking antics of the power-grabbing social elite of 1980s England. It dives headfirst into the ruthless world of independent television in 1986. In the fictional county of Rutshire, along-standing rivalry between two powerful men is about to boil over. Alex Hassell plays dashing ex-Olympian, Tory Member of Parliament and
Aidan Turner and David Tennant will lead the show
incorrigible rake, the dangerously charismatic Rupert Campbell-Black. David Tennant is Ruperts ambitious and egotistical Rutshire neighbour Lord Tony Baddingham, controller of Corinium Television. A long-simmering power struggle between them threatens to boil over when the two men lock horns over the future of Corinium. Caught in the crossfire is TV presenter Declan OHara, (Aidan Turner). Fiercely intellectual, with an even fiercer temper, he is wooed to Corinium TV from the BBC by Baddingham himself, but feels
Alex Hassell will lead, with Luke Pasqualino also starring
he’sbeen swindled when Tony refuses to deliver on his promises. Furious with Tony, Declan vows to get his revenge. Victoria Smurfit is Maud OHara, a former actress and Declans bohemian, fickle wife. Bella Maclean is Declan and Mauds tender-hearted yet strong-willed elder daughter, Taggie. She holds the OHara family together and keeps an eye on her younger and wilder sister Caitlin  (Catriona Chandler). Nafessa Williams is Cameron Cook, a ferociously talented American TV executive who is brought to Corinium by
Victoria Smurfit and Danny Dyer are also set to star
Tony to produce Declans new prime-time talk show. She soon finds herself caught between the two powerful men who deeply underestimate her at their peril. Katherine Parkinson is Lizzie Vereker, a romantic novelist consistently overlooked by her preening and self-centred TV presenter husband, James Vereker (Oliver Chris). Danny Dyer is Freddie Jones: honourable, loyal and lovable, he’s a self-made electronics millionaire. Freddie's got the money, but finds himself, along with his social-climbing wife Valerie (Lisa McGrillis), an outsider to Rutshires cliques. But when Rupert
Lisa McGrillis and gorgeous Oliver Chris will also star
and Tony come to him with a business proposition, all that could change. Claire Rushbrook is Lady Monica Baddingham, Tonys dependable, upper-crust wife who has absolutely no interest in the dramatic goings-on within her husbands empire. Luke Pasqualino is the charming Basil Bas Baddingham, Tonys younger brother and the proprietor of Cotchesters hot spot, Bar Sinister. Emily Atack is Sarah Stratton, the new wife to Deputy Prime Minister, Paul Stratton (Rufus Jones). Sarah is ambitious and not afraid to use her looks to get to the top. Paul, on the other hand, is in the throes of a midlife crisis – everyone knows it. 

  NETFLIX' SWEET TOOTH 
SEASON 2 TRAILER & AIR DATE
I must admit I fully forgot about this one as the break was so long and the first season was nothing special, but SWEET TOOTH is returning to Netflix April 27th with a second season in which a deadly new wave of the Sick bears down, as Gus (Christian Convery) and a band of fellow hybrids are held prisoner by General Abbot (Neil Sandilands) and the Last Men. Looking to consolidate power by finding a cure, Abbot uses the children as fodder for the experiments of captive Dr. Aditya Singh (the godawful Adeel Akhtar), who’s racing to save his infected wife Rani (Aliza Vellani). To protect his friends, Gus agrees to help Dr. Singh, beginning a dark journey into his origins and his mother Birdie’s (Amy Seimetz) role in the events leading up to The Great Crumble.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

PRINCESS OLGA EPIC SERIES ON 1ST FEMALE RULER OF 10TH CENTURY KIEVAN RUS ANNOUNCED! PRISON ESCAPE MINI SERIES ON THE 19TH CENTURY CATALPA EXPEDITION IN WORKS! 1618 HISTORICAL MOVIE TRAILER

   PRINCESS OLGA   
10TH CENTURY SET TV SERIES
The series will be helmed by Valeria Guy Germanica
Mars Media has announced a shooting of eight episode historical series PRINCESS OLGA (Княгиня Ольга) for Russia 1 broadcaster. The series will be an artistic reinterpretation of history based on real events of the X century, and will tell about the amazing fate of Grand Duchess Olga - the first ruler of Russia to convert to Christianity. Casting is underway for the series that will begin shooting mid-summer. Olga was a regent of Kievan Rus' for her son Sviatoslav from 945 until 960; she is venerated as a saint and is known for defeating the Drevlians, a tribe that had killed her husband prince Igor of Kiev.

 THE CATALPA EXPEDITION 
PERIOD SET SERIES IN WORKS
Stratton Leopold and Dax Phelan are, as Deadline reports, preparing an untitled mini series based on an infamous 19th-century prison escape known as The Catalpa Expedition. Set in Ireland, the United States, and Australia during the 1860s and 1870s, the series will follow the real-life plan members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, a 19th-century group made to free six political prisoners from a British penal colony in Western Australia while aboard the whaleship, The Catalpa. The writer, poet, and journalist John Boyle O’Reilly was among the political prisoners sent to a British penal colony in Australia. 

  1618 MOVIE TRAILER  
FOR NEW 17TH CENTURY DRAMA
Your trailer for today comes all the way from Brazil for their historical movie drama 1618 which will stream on Apple TV in USA from April 7th! The visitation of the Inquisition to the city of Oporto, Portugal in 1618. At the time
The movie will stream this April
the entire population was exhorted to denounce heresies under pain of excommunication. In a city where a large part of the population had Jewish ancestry, over one hundred New Christians, among others, were imprisoned, causing terror in the New Christian community, mass emigration and the near total destruction of the city’s economy. Friction between Porto’s judicial authorities, which had always been on good terms with the New Christians, and the inquisitorial visitation reached such a point that guards on horseback surrounded the ecclesiastical court, preventing the “heretics” in custody from being transported to Coimbra. The Visitor even travelled to Spain to give Philip II an account of the events transpired. 

Monday, March 20, 2023

RUPERT PENRY JONES, IWAN RHEON JOIN THOSE ABOUT TO DIE ROMAN GLADIATOR EPIC SERIES! VINCENT CASSEL, LOUIS GARREL, DIANE KRUGER TO LEAD SAINT EX PERIOD SET DRAMA ON SAINT EXUPERY! RAPHAEL PERSONNAZ, VINCENT PEREZ TO LEAD MAURICE RAVEL BIOPIC BOLERO!

  THOSE ABOUT TO DIE 
EPIC SERIES ADS NEW CAST
And what a cast it is shaping up to be: joining previously announced Anthony Hopkins as the Roman emperor and Tom Hughes as his son, in Peacock's THOSE ABOUT TO DIE series set in the complex and corrupt world of ancient Rome’s gladiatorial competition, are Iwan Rheon, who
Iwan Rheon and Rupert Penry Jones have joined the cast
replaces Lorenzo Richelmy as ambitious crime boss Tenax, Liraz Charhi as Berenice, queen of the conquered Judea’s held captive in Rome, Johannes Haukur Johannesson as imposing Norse gladiator Viggo and Rupert Penry-Jones as Marsus, a wealthy patrician and retired general who desire’s
Liraz Charhi and Pepe Barroso will also star in the series
the throne. Eneko Sagardoy, Pepe Barroso and Goncalo Almeida will play the Corsi brothers, while Kyshan Wilson is female gladiator in training Aura. Alicia Edogamhe plays a slave who is sold to Marsus and Antonia (Gabriella Pession). Roland Emmerich is directing.

  VINCENT CASSEL TO LEAD  
SAINT EX MOVIE WITH LOUIS GARREL AND DIANE KRUGER
After our spotlight on the Musketeers yesterday, we are staying in France today as well since Vincent Cassel, Louis Garrel and Diane Kruger have been cast in StudioCanal's SAINT EX period set drama movie. Set in 1930 it centres around Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, an Airmail pilot in Argentina. When his best friend who happens to be Airmail’s best pilot Henri Guillaumet disappears in the Andes, Saint-Ex decides to set out in search of him, against all odds. This impossible quest forces him to push beyond his limits, turning his capacity to dream into his greatest strength.

   RAVEL'S BIOPIC BOLERO  
SETS MAIN MOVIE CAST
CineEuropa reports that Anne Fontaine has cast Raphael Personnaz, Vincent Perez and Jeanne Balibar in her biopic on Maurice Ravel titled BOLERO. Doria Tillier, Emmanuelle Devos, Suzanne Clement and Sophie Guillemin will also star. Netflix will stream the film that looks back at the origins of the Bolero, when it was nothing but a simple command made by choreographer Ida Rubinstein to Maurice Ravel. The latter obeys as if a kind of exercise. But as the composition advances the work takes on a wholly unexpected dimension, reminding the musician of his demons but also the wonders he has worked...