Thursday, October 19, 2017

PERIOD SET THURSDAY: RUPERT EVERETT, DAMIAN HARDUNG, JOHN TURTURRO TO LEAD 'NAME OF THE ROSE' TV SERIES! LIV TYLER JOINS 'HARLOTS' COSTUME DRAMA SEASON 2

  'THE NAME OF THE ROSE'
TO BECOME TELEVISION SERIES
Damian Hardung will star in the eight episode series
News from the epic TV series front today as well, starting with the ones coming from Italy, where their national broadcaster RAI will, after scoring major success with Medici saga, venture into adapting Umberto Eco's novel THE NAME OF THE ROSE into TV series. John Turturro and Rupert Everett have already been cast as leads!
  The story which was already turned into a Jean Jacques Annaud movie with Sean Connery, follows William of Baskerville, a 14th century Franciscan monk, as he investigates a series of unusual deaths at a remote monastery. John Turturro will take the role of William of Baskerville, Rupert Everett will be Inquisitor Gui and Damian Hardung will be William's apprentice, Benedictine novice Adso.

  LIV TYLER JOINS
'HARLOTS' EPIC SEASON 2
Hulu is preparing the production of the second season of their historical drama HARLOTS and Liv Tyler, whom we will watch this Saturday
Liv Tyler will play Lady Isabella in the second season
  on BBC next to Kit Harington in Gunpowder epic drama, has been added to the cast.  Set in the 18th century Georgian London, HARLOTS follows the Wells family, led by matriarch Margaret (Samantha Morton). When her daughter Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay) places herself in the home of arch rival bawd Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), their toxic and deep set rivalry is taken to a dangerous new level. Liv Tyler will be Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam. Long-held secrets keep her in the thrall of Lydia Quigley, and she is an increasingly desperate victim of Lydia’s blackmail. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Lady Fitz will find an unexpected friend and ally in courtesan Charlotte Wells.

1ST 'MEDICI MASTERS OF FLORENCE: THE MAGNIFICENT' CAST PHOTO WITH BRADLEY JAMES, SARAH PARISH, DANIEL SHARMAN! BILL NIGHY, JACK LOWDEN BOARD JAMES D'ARCY'S 'MADE IN ITALY'!

  MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE
FIRST OFFICIAL CAST PHOTO!
Just as I promised you a few days ago when I posted you first photos of Daniel Sharman from MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE: THE MAGNIFICENT series, today we have the first cast photo from the second season of the ultra popular Rai and Netflix epic saga showing not just
The series is currently being sold in Cannes at Mipcom
Sharman as the new protagonist Lorenzo de Medici, but also Bradley James as his brother Gulianno and Sarah Parish as their mother. The second season will follow their rise in the new era of political freedom and creative
Bradley James as Guliano Medici at the set in Italy
expression which puts them on a collision course with the head of Florence’s other powerful banking family, Jacopo Pazzi, played by Sean Bean! The new season will be shooting in Italy till December.

   JAMES D'ARCY'S 'MADE IN ITALY'
  BILL NIGHY AND JACK LOWDEN
Jack is shooting Mary Queen of Scots right now
LEAD THE CAST
Just a few days ago I informed you that always lovely James D'Arcy will be leading the cast of new War War II series Das Boot, and now he is also moving behind the camera! He will both write and direct comedy movie MADE IN ITALY and he already has a brilliant duo to lead the cast: comedy legend Bill Nighy and our dearest Jack Lowden have signed to star. To be shot next year in Tuscany and London, it will follow a bohemian London artist Robert (Nighy), who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Lowden) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NEW 'THE ALIENIST' PERIOD SET TV SERIES WITH LUKE EVANS, DAKOTA FANNING TRAILER! CHER JOINS 'MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN' SEQUEL

  CHER JOINS MUSICAL SEQUEL
MAMMA MIA HERE WE GO AGAIN
The movie arrives next summer!
I know I did not like it at all, but I also know my lady readers loved it! You all know MAMMA MIA is getting a sequel titled HERE WE GO AGAIN, which is already shooting, and it has been revealed that Cher will be joining the cast in an unspecified role. The sequel to the film in which Amanda Seyfried's character invited three men (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard), not knowing which of them is her father, to her Greek island wedding without her mother (Meryl Streep) knowing, will return to the past to explain how her mother met them all in the first place. Lily James will play young Meryl, Jeremy Irvine will be young Pierce. The new movie will again feature Abba songs. Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Andy Garcia and Christine Baranski also star.

   'THE ALIENIST' TV SERIES
NEW TRAILER WITH LUKE EVANS
TNT has, meanwhile, released a new trailer for their period set detective series THE ALIENIST which will start airing January 22nd! It is set in 1896, when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New
The novel adaptation starts airing next January on TNT
York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist, aka alienist, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler
Luke Evans is newspaper illustrator John Moore
(Daniel Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Dakota
Dakota Fanning is secretary Sara Howard
Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city’s first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early
Daniel Bruhl is the Alienist from the title of the series
forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to find and apprehend one of Gotham’s first serial killers.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MARVEL'S 'BLACK PANTHER' GETS NEW TRAILER AND POSTER WITH CHADWICK BOSEMAN, MICHAEL B. JORDAN, ANDY SERKIS, MARTIN FREEMAN

  NEW 'BLACK PANTHER' TRAILER
HEAVY WEIGHS THE CROWN
The Panther is out next February worldwide
Marvel has released the second trailer for February 2018 adventure BLACK PANTHER along with a new poster! Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis lead the cast. Check out the new trailer below, it looks better than the ridiculously kitschy first one we've seen earlier this year.
  BLACK PANTHER follows T'Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king, and as Black Panther, is tested when he is
Walking Dead's Danai Gurira plays the king's bodyguard Okoye
drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Monday, October 16, 2017

SPOTLIGHT ON TOM RILEY'S BBC AND SHOWTIME DRAMA SERIES 'ILL BEHAVIOUR' IN WHICH HE'S BATTLING CANCER

  'ILL BEHAVIOUR'
TOM RILEY BBC DRAMA
The series airs next month at Showtime
Here's a mini series that has already aired over in Great Britain at BBC but has also just been bought by Showtime to be aired in the United States. American cable channel will air the six episodes of ILL BEHAVIOUR, starring our dear Da Vinci's Demons' star Tom Riley, for the audience across the pond starting Monday November 13th!
  Brilliantly written drama ILL BEHAVIOUR revolves around Joel (Chris Geere) who uses any methods, conventional or otherwise, to save his friend Charlie (Tom Riley) when Charlie is diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and decides to spurn chemotherapy (scared by the
BBC has taken down all trailers of the series from the web
memory of his mother's experience with it) in favour of a more natural, alternative treatment (smoothies and acupuncture). The recently divorced Joel moves in with Charlie, who sets him up on a date with Nadia (Lizzy
Tom Riley and Lizzy Caplan are married in real life
Caplan), a doctor who also happens to be a raging alcoholic. Their connection is complicated by the newest revelation about Charlie’s condition, sending the trio and mutual friend Tess (Jessica Regan) down a reckless path.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

FRENCH SATURDAY: EPIC DRAMAS 'LA PROMESSE DE L'AUBE' WITH PIERRE NINEY AS FAMOUS WRITER ROMAIN GARY AND WW1 STORY 'THE GUARDIANS' ON WOMEN IN THE GREAT WAR

  'LA PROMESSE DE L'AUBE'
PIERRE NINEY AS ROMAIN GARY
Gary won Goncourt under two different names
Oui, oui, we're having a French movie Saturday today! Opening in French cinemas this December is epic romance LA PROMESSE DE L'AUBE with Pierre Niney playing famous novelist Romain Gary and Charlotte Gainsbourg also starring.
From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragicomedy tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one of the most famous French novelists and sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times.



   'THE GUARDIANS' TRAILER
WOMEN IN THE GREAT WAR
The movie aired last weekend at London Film Festival
Also opening on the very same day as the above mentioned saga on Romain Gary, December 6th over in France, is movingly epic First World War  drama THE GUARDIANS (Les Gardiennes) which follows the touching story of women that were left behind to work a family farm during the Great War while their men were dying for their country. While their men were guarding the country, the women were left to be the guardians of their homes and farms.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

EUROPEAN EPIC SERIES: JAMES D'ARCY, TOM WLASCHIHA, VINCENT KARTHEISER JOIN WW2 'DAS BOOT' TV SERIES! MATTEO MARTARI JOINS 'MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE: THE MAGNIFICENT' SEASON 2

  MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE
MATTEO MARTARI IS YOUNG PAZZI
While we're waiting for some new photos from the second season of MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE: THE MAGNI- FICENT
Matteo is also a male super model
(which should be released next week at MIPCOM, and we might also get something new from Britannia, The Miniaturist series as well) a new face has joined the cast: Matteo Martari will play Francesco Pazzi and will be the villain of the series alongside Sean Bean as his power thirsty father. As you know the second season, which is currently shooting in Italy, will follow Lorenzo (Daniel Sharman) and Gulianno Medici (Bradley James), the grandsons of Cosimo who was played by Richard Madden in the first season which you can still catch on Netflix.

  WW2 'DAS BOOT' SERIES
 JAMES D'ARCY, TOM WLASCHIHA, VINCENT KARTHEISER CAST
James D'Arcy will be a part of the cast
Speaking of European epic series, a rather stellar cast has been rounded up for DAS BOOT from Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment! International cast will include Game of Thrones' Tom Wlaschiha, Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser, James D’Arcy and Thierry Frémont alongside Lizzy Caplan! Inspired by the Oscar nominated film of the same name from Wolfgang Petersen, the eight part series has the story set on a submarine in autumn 1942, as U-boat warfare becomes increasingly brutal. While a very young crew put out to sea on a dangerous combat patrol, the Résistance rises in the U-boat port of La Rochelle. Sky will air the series in most of Europe.

Friday, October 13, 2017

EPIC THURSDAY: 1ST POSTER FOR 'SAMSON' EPIC ADVENTURE WITH TAYLOR JAMES, BILLY ZANE, RUTGER HAUER! PARAMOUNT TO TURN 'THE BLACK VIKING' NOVEL INTO TV SERIES

  'SAMSON' MOVIE POSTER
WITH TAYLOR JAMES, BILLY ZANE
Samson will get a haircut for next Valentines!
Here's a project that has been out of our radar but it is supposed to hit the big screens next February! The latest movie version of famous legend on SAMSON in which the hero is played by Taylor James with Jackson Rathbone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Zane also in the cast alongside Caitlin Leahy who plays Delilah! After his youthful ambition leads to a tragic marriage, Samson's acts of revenge thrust him into direct conflict with the Philistine army. As his brother mounts a tribal rebellion, only Samson's relationship with a Philistine temptress and his final surrender - both to the Philistines and to God - turns imprisonment and blindness into final victory.

  'THE BLACK VIKING'
  TO BECOME EPIC TV SERIES
The book is currently being sold at Frankfurt Book Fair
Speaking of the news from the epic front, 'Deadline' reports today that Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have bought  the rights to 2013 novel THE BLACK VIKING by Icelandic author Bergsveinn Birgisson which they want to turn into television series directed and produced by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Passengers)! The author himself has led a search for traces of his forefather Geirmund Heljarskinn, one of the most powerful Viking kings in history whose saga has mysteriously disappeared. If I got it right, he got the name BLACK VIKING because he was black when he was born and was such an ugly baby that his mother, a 9th century queen, gave him away to be raised far from her.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

'LEISURE SEEKER' TRAILER WITH HELEN MIRREN, DONALD SUTHERLAND! NEW SF SERIES 'STARGATE ORIGINS' WITH ELLIE GALL AND 'THE OUTPOST' FROM DEAN DEVLIN

  NEW SF SERIES
 'STARGATE ORIGINS'
Ellie Gall will lead new Stargate digital series
MGM has announced that Ellie Gall will lead their new 10 episode STARGATE ORIGINS series which will air on their new digital platform Stargate Command later this year. The show will follow young Catherine Langford as she embarks on an unexpected adventure to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save Earth from unimaginable darkness.

  THE OUT- POST
Speaking of Stargate, Dean Devlin is preparing 10 episode sf adventure series THE OUTPOST about Talon, the lone survivor of a race called Blackbloods, as she tracks the killers of her family to a lawless fortress on the edge of the civilized world. Along the way she discovers that she possesses a mysterious supernatural power that she must learn to control in order to save herself and defend the world against a fanatical religious dictatorship.

  'THE LEISURE SEEKER' TRAILER
STARRING DONALD SUTHERLAND AND HELEN MIRREN
In the trailer department, check out the first video for THE LEISURE SEEKER which is out next year starring Helen Mirren and Donald
The film is based on a Michael Zadoorian novel
Sutherland as a  runaway couple who go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, travelling from Boston to The
The movie will hit cinemas in USA and parts of Europe in January
Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

1ST PHOTOS FROM 'MEDICI MASTERS OF FLORENCE: THE MAGNIFICENT' WITH DANIEL SHARMAN AND BBC'S EPIC NEW MINI SERIES 'LITTLE WOMEN'!

  MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE
'THE MAGNIFICENT' 2ND SEASON
New season will also have eight episodes
As I've informed you before, the second season of Italy's English language epic saga MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE is shooting till late December and now the news is that Beta Film will co-produce it and they're releasing new photos next week (you can see first two today)!
Now titled MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE: THE MAGNIFI- CENT, the new season will be set in 15th century Florence, following the drama of the infamous Medici family, whose political and economic scheming helped shape European and world history. It will revolve this time on Lorenzo de' Medici (Daniel Sharman), a
Netflix airs the series around the world!
young son forced to take over the family business following an attempt on the life of his father, Piero de Medici (who was the son of Richard Madden's Cosimo in the first season). Lorenzo wants to abandons the cynical politics of the past and usher in a new era of political freedom and creative expression
Daniel Sharman takes over the lead role from Richard Madden
but his attempt puts him on a collision course with the head of Florence’s other powerful banking family, Jacopo Pazzi (Sean Bean)! Bradley James is Lorenzo's brother, Giuliano with Sarah Parish, Alessandra Mastronardi, Raoul Bova and Julian Sands also in the cast.

  'LITTLE WOMEN' MINI SERIES
BBC RELEASES FIRST PHOTO!
There's also the very first photo from BBC's latest mini series adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN which shows Maya Hawke as Jo, Willa Fitzgerald as Meg, Annes Elwy as Beth and Kathryn Newton as Amy. The three part
PBS Masterpiece will air the mini series in USA
saga follows their lives in the Civil War America  with Emily Watson, Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon, Mark Stanley and our dearest Julian Morris also in the cast.