Tuesday, June 27, 2017

THE FIRST TRAILER FOR 'THE NEMANYICHS: BIRTH OF A KINGDOM' EPIC TV SERIES ON SERBIAN MEDIAEVAL DYNASTY IS HERE! 'PRINCE RASTKO OF SERBIA' MEDIAEVAL DRAMA ALSO IN WORKS

'THE NEMANYICHS'
BIRTH OF A KINGDOM EPIC SERIES
It's a very slow beginning of the week, so we are going to stay in the middle ages, but after yesterday's Spanish 16th century, today we're heading further down in history all the way to the end of the 12th century when a kingdom was born at the Balkan Peninsula. Serbian national broadcaster has released a trailer for their biggest series ever THE NEMANYICHS: BIRTH OF A KINGDOM which will air in Serbia towards the end of the year marking the 800 years from the coronation of King Stefan the First Crowned that started the Golden Era of Serbian mediaeval state and the Nemanyich dynasty.

 RISE OF A DYNASTY 
With more than 200 actors, 3000 extras and 300 locations) 12 part epic TV series THE NEMANYICHS: BIRTH OF A KINGDOM , filled with political drama, family wars, romance and turbulences, will follow the rise of The Nemanyichs, one of the most powerful mediaeval royal dynasties in Europe which ruled the vast Serbian Kingdom from the 12th to the 14th century. The first season will follow King Stefan the First Crowned (played by Voyin Chetkovich) and will cover 80 years of time. The series will also cover his marriages with Byzantine princess Eudokia Angelina, the niece of the Byzantine Emperor, and with Anna Dandolo, a granddaughter of the Venetian doge who gave him his heir King Stefan Urosh!  

 DEZZY'S HISTORY LESSON
The royal house which produced 11 Serbian kings, despots and emperors, from 1166 till 1371, reached its zenith during the legendary reign of Dushan, Tsar of all Serbs and Greeks, who ruled a massive empire occupying today's Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro and Albania. It was the most developed country and culture in Europe of that time. The mediaeval kingdom of Serbia fell apart with the Ottoman invasion and the lack of strong heirs to the royal crown of Serbia which resulted with Serbia becoming a part of Turkish empire for long, and very bloody, 500 years.



'PRINCE RASTKO OF SERBIA'
ANOTHER PROJECT FROM THE ERA OF THE NEMANYICHS
It is interesting that at the same time the production is under way for another project on this era. This one will be a big screen movie PRINCE RASTKO OF SERBIA, which will depict the life of his youngest brother Rastko, who after establishing Serbian Church, became known as Saint Sava. Young Filip Hajdukovich plays the lead role in the film based on a Milovan Vitezovic book which depicts his teenage years at Serbian court and his later enlightenment and religious life. As the youngest prince of the Serbian dynasty he negotiated with the Pope and won the crown for the Serbian kingdom and his brother Stefan the First Crowned. He was a man of faith and as such he became a monk and worked on spreading Christianity and education throughout his brother's kingdom.

Monday, June 26, 2017

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON MAGNIFICENTLY OPULENT 16TH CENTURY TV SAGA 'CARLOS, KING EMPEROR' ON THE RULER OF SPAIN AND HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE

'CARLOS, KING EMPEROR'
LAVISH SPANISH EPIC TV SAGA
I'm really late with this one, as it was aired last year in Spain, but as they say - better late than never, right? I'm sure you can still download this one from around the web or find it on DVD. Carlos, Rey Emperador or CARLOS, KING EMPEROR is an exquisitely opulent historical saga from Spanish television, which is actually a continuation of Isabel, another of their luxurious period set series which followed the rule of Isabella of Castile, and of the movie La Corona Partida, which you both remember from our reports from years ago. CARLOS, KING EMPEROR follows the reign of Carlos I or Charles I in 17 stunning one hour episodes. With the end of Magnificent Century series next week when Kosem Sultana ends forever after six years of running, those of you who are addicted to costume drama, might find some solace in this one! The sets and the costumes in this one are beyond stunning!

THE KING AND THE EMPEROR
The series tells the story of Charles I (Alvaro Cervantes) or Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, one of the most powerful men Europe has met, the ruler of an empire as great in size as in diversity. As the life of Charles of Hapsburg is told since his arrival to Spain, it can be seen how the heir to the crowns of Germany, Burgundy, the Netherlands, the Free County, Artois, Nevers and Rethel, of the territories of the Crown of Aragon and its related Italian territories, and of the territories of the Catholic Monarchs in Castile, North Africa and the Americas, matures as a statesman and gets stronger in face of menaces around him and good and bad advice from his counsellors. Bianca Suarez plays Isabella of Portugal, Laia Marull is Joanna of Castile, Eric Balabas is Ferdinand of Hapsburg dynasty, and dozens and dozens of other actors play a whole mass of European royals.

DEZZY'S HISTORY LESSON
Charles, who lived in the 16th century, was the ruler both of the Spanish and the Holy Roman Empire! As back in those times they ruled through inheritance (he himself was the heir of Hapsburg, the Valois Burgundy and Trastamara dynasties) and marriage, he had so many territories under his rule in different parts of the world that  his domains spanned nearly four million square kilometres and were the first to be described as "the empire on which the sun never sets". Earlier this year I reported on the German epic series on Maximilian I, who was actually his grandfather! Charles was also remembered as the man who sanctioned the conquest by Castillian conquistadors of the Aztec and Inca empires.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

SF SATURDAY: BRAD PITT TO GO 'AD ASTRA' SEARCHING FOR TOMMY LEE JONES IN DEEP SPACE! GEORGE R.R. MARTIN'S 'NIGHTFLYERS' SF SERIES ORDERED AT SYFY

BRAD PITT TO TRAVEL 
 THE SPACE SEARCHING FOR TOMMY LEE JONES IN 'AD ASTRA'
The film starts shooting September
Science fiction Saturday, today: as 'Deadline' is reporting, director James Gray is looking to cast Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones in AD ASTRA sf deep space epic movie in which Brad Pitt would play the slightly autistic space engineer Roy McBride. Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of extra terrestrial intelligence, McBride travels through the solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed. Tommy Lee Jones would play the missing father. Brad Pitt was previously supposed to star in James Gray's movie The Lost City of Z but he ended up just producing it.

'NIGHTFLYERS' SF SERIES
GETS PILOT ORDER AT SYFY
There's also another sf project that I announced earlier but it has now been greenlit by SyFy! They have officially ordered a pilot for sf series NIGHTFLYERS based on a super natural novella by George R.R.
The writer won't be working on the series
 Martin! SyFy has also picked up Krypton to series. The writer won't be working on the project as he is tied to HBO.
NIGHTFLYERS has the story set in the future on the eve of Earth’s destruction. In the hope of making contact with alien life, eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard the Nightflyer, a ship with a small, tight-knit crew and a reclusive captain. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place, they start to question one another — and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

ASIAN FRIDAY: BREATHTAKING POSTERS AND TRAILER FOR FANTASY EPIC ROMANCE ADVENTURE 'ONCE UPON A TIME'

'ONCE UPON A TIME'
NEW 3D EPIC FANTASY ROMANCE
It is a very slow end of the week, people, so I just have one thing to show to you today, one but stunning! A series of mind blowing posters and a trailer for Chinese epic fantasy ONCE UPON A TIME (San Sheng San Shi Shi Li Tao Hua) which should open in motherland China cinemas next month and has also been sold for a US release in August both in theatres and on digital and home video market.

A THOUSAND YEAR LOVE
This 3D fantasy romance adventure, co-directed by Anthony Molinara and House Of Flying Daggers’ cinematographer Zhao Xiaoding, has the story which spans a thousand years of tangled lives. Bai Qian, a goddess and monarch from the Heavenly Realms, is sent to the mortal world to undergo a trial to become a High Goddess. There, she meets Ye Hua, with whom she falls in love and marries. However, when an old enemy reappears in her life, everything she holds dear becomes threatened.

10 MILES OF PEACH BLOSSOMS
This breathtaking movie is actually a big screen adaptation of Tang Qi’s popular novel Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, which was also turned into very popular Chinese television fantasy series Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms earlier this year. The movie version itself stars popular Chinese big screen actors and actresses Yang Yang, Yifei Liu, Yikuan Yan, Jin Luo, and Chun Li



 THE SPY'S 6 MILLION VISITS 
In other news, your Hollywood Spy had its 6 MILLIONTH VISITOR last night! Thank you for your daily visits, your comments, especially thanks to all the members of our Twitter and Facebook Angel Flying Squads which spread the word of our posts each day tirelessly! Thanks to celebrities who retweet us too! In recent months we've been experiencing a sort of a Renaissance with often quadrupled daily visits and last month we had a single day with mindblowing 300.000 visits that left us dizzy! Thanks for loving us, we're loving you back! 

Friday, June 23, 2017

MARTIN COMPSTON CAST AS 'MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS' 3RD HUSBAND NEXT TO SAOIRSE RONAN, JACK LAWDEN, MARGOT ROBBIE! EDGAR RAMIREZ, PENELOPE CRUZ, RICKY MARTIN IN 'ASSASSINATION OF VERSACE' PICS

'MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS'
MARTIN COMPSTON IS BOTHWELL
Just a week ago she got one husband and now she's got another one: after Jack Lawden was cast as Lord Darnley in MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, in which Saoirse Ronan plays the title role, British actor Martin Compston has been cast as her third husband Earl of Bothwell! She was first married to king of France, then moved over to Scotland after his death where she had to fight for her throne marrying nobles in the process and also trying to take away the throne of England from Queen Elizabeth who in the end had her royal head chopped off, although Mary did win in the way that her son James I became Elizabeth's heir and managed to unite England and Scotland under his royal rule. Margot Robbie plays the English monarch.

'ASSASSINATION OF VERSACE'
FIRST PHOTOS REVEALED!
Meanwhile, FX and Entertainment Weekly have uncovered the first glamorous photos of the lead stars of the second season of AMERICAN
The series will air early next year
 CRIME STORY titled THE ASSASSI- NATION OF GIANNI  VERSACE. Exploring the shocking murder of famous fashion designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, its ten episodes will be based on Maureen Orth's book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History! With Edgar Ramirez starring as Gianni Versace, Penelope Cruz will put a platinum wig to portray his sister Donatella, with pop star Ricky
Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace
 Martin as his long time lover Antonio D'Amico and Max Greenfield (as their brother Santo Versace) and Darren Criss also in the cast.

 THE FINAL MURDER VICTIM
To air sometime early next year, with parts of it shot in Versace's former villa, THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE will chronicle the 1997 murder of Versace which shook the world. Serial killer Andrew Cunanan shot Versace dead on the steps of his luxurious
Edgar Ramirez is shockingly similar to Versace
Miami Beach home after committing several other murders. He committed suicide eight days later. A violent psychopath, Cunanan’s lifestyle was promiscuous and drug fueled, and he became notorious for
Ricky Martin as Antonio D'Amico, Versace's lover
picking up rich men in bars by making claims about a lifestyle he never lived. He claimed Versace as his fifth and final murder victim.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

ELEANOR TOMLINSON JOINS DOMINIC WEST IN 'COLETTE' PERIOD SET BIOPIC ON THE AUTHOR OF FAMOUS 'GIGI'

ELEANOR TOMLINSON JOINS
'COLETTE' FILM ON 'GIGI' AUTHOR
While you are watching her for the third time as Poldark's trusted Demelza in BBC's popular period set drama on Sunday evenings, fear not, lovely Eleanor Tomlinson, who before that starred in White Queen as well, will now appear on the big screens too!
As 'Deadline' reports today, she has joined the cast of COLETTE, a period set movie which follows Gabrielle Sidonie Colette (sadly, played by Keira Knightley), whose husband, the charismatic ego maniacal writer Willy (Dominic West), permits Colette to write her novels using his name. The phenomenal success of her Claudine novel series makes Willy a famous writer and the lack of recognition for her work begins to gnaw on Colette and their marriage starts to fall apart.
DID YOU KNOW?
Once nominated for a Nobel prize for literature, French novelist Colette (1873-1954) was also known as actress and a journalist. Her most famous work is probably Gigi which was made into the famous movie classic. Although many considered her a limited if talented novelist, she was a member of Belgian Royal Academy, and was ordained with French Legion of Honour.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BLAKE LIVELY TO STAR IN 'THE HUSBAND'S SECRET' AND 'A SIMPLE FAVOUR'! 'THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK' TRAILER WITH CALLUM TURNER, KATE BECKINSALE, PIERCE BROSNAN

 BLAKE LIVELY TO STAR
IN 'THE HUSBAND'S SECRET' AND 'A SIMPLE FAVOUR' MYSTERIES
It seems it is all about hidden secrets in Blake Lively's new movie projects. She's already signed up to star in THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, the big screen adaptation of a Liane Moriarty novel, about a busy wife, mother and chronic perfectionist who inadvertently discovers that her husband has been keeping a secret from her for years... A secret that leads her to realize that her life is built on a foundation of lies and murder! Now, as 'Variety' reports, she is also to star in A SIMPLE FAVOUR, based on a Darcey Bell novel, as a perfect mother with a dazzling career working for a famous fashion designer in Manhattan, who asks her friend Stephanie (to be played by Anna Kendrick), a widow with a son in kindergarten, lonely in their Connecticut suburb, and a mom blogger, to pick her son up from school, but Stephanie then suddenly discovers that her friend has disappeared without a trace, leaving her son and husband with no warning.

 'THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK' MOVIE TRAILER
WITH CALLUM TURNER, PIERCE BROSNAN AND KATE BECKINSALE
The first trailer has been released for a rather star studded drama THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK in which Callum Turner stars next to Jeff Bridges, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Debi
Callum will play Eddie Redmayne's brother in new Fantastic Beasts
Mazar and Cynthia Nixon. The Marc Webb directed movie is out in cinemas around you this August.
The title of the movie is taken from a Paul Simon song
DADDY'S GOT A NEW MISTRESS
Always lovely War and Peace star Callum Turner stars as Thomas, a recent college graduate adrift in the big city. When an eccentric new neighbour (Jeff Bridges) moves into his building, the kid seeks his
Can you believe Kate Beckinsale is 44?
guidance on girl problems and more as his life is upended by the mistress (Kate Beckinsale) of his father (Pierce Brosnan).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NEW POSTERS FOR 'THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US' WITH KATE WINSLET, IDRIS ELBA AND 'HAMPSTEAD' WITH DIANE KEATON, BRENDAN GLEESON, JAMES NORTON

 'THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US'
GETS FIRST POSTER WITH KATE WINSLET AND IDRIS ELBA
The movie hits cinemas this October
Just two new posters for you today, beginning with the first one for THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US which crashes into cinemas this November starring Kate Winslet, Idris Elba and Dermot Mulroney in the adaptation of a Charles Martin book.
The two of them play two strangers who, stranded after a tragic plane crash,  must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible.



 'HAMPSTEAD' POSTER
WITH DIANE KEATON, BRENDAN GLEESON AND JAMES NORTON
 There's also the first poster for new comedy drama which is out this summer in European cinemas (currently playing in UK) HAMPSTEAD starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson with
Hampstead will be playing in European cinemas this summer
James Norton as her son. She plays an American widow who finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON LAVISH TV SERIES 'THE GOLDEN HORDE' SET IN 13TH CENTURY RUSSIA! FIRST PHOTOS AND TRAILER

 'THE GOLDEN HORDE'
NEW TV SERIES FROM RUSSIA
Yustina, the bliss of Russian beauty
After airing their lavish television series on Sofia Paleologa last winter, Russian national broadcaster is now producing another massive mediaeval small screen project, this time on the inglorious THE GOLDEN HORDE directed by Timur Alpatov. This sixteen episode 13th century set historical saga should start airing in motherland Russia sometime later this year, I'm guessing Autumn or Winter and as you can see from the first photos from the sets it will be a parade of rich, pearl and jewel encrusted headpieces and beautiful Russian sarafans
Grand Prince Yaroslav on the throne
and costumes! The cast is lead by gorgeous Yulia Peresild, Aleksandr Ustyugov and Sergei Puskepalis! The series, that took two and a half years to be written, is described as a mix of Game of Thrones and Magnificent Century!

YOUR HEART OR YOUR COUNTRY
The story is set at the end of the 13th century. when Ancient Rus' suffers under the yoke of the Mongols and Tatars. Grand Prince Yaroslav dreams of uniting the disparate Russian
Yaroslav and his son Vladimir
princedoms and throwing off the hated yoke, but along this path he finds enemies in his own brother - the disgraced prince Boris, and the eldest son Vladimir.
Yustina will need all her bravery to survive her destiny
The ambassador of THE GOLDEN HORDE, Tengri Temir, a handsome man and an admirer of female beauty, arrives to the capital
Yustina is the beauty of the Russian court
of Russia. He came to force thousands of Russian soldiers into the Horde, but he would be content with only a part of it if the Grand Prince gives him Princess Yustina, Boris's wife. Yaroslav is not ready to violate the
Princess Yustina arrives to the capital of Horde
laws of Faith and Honour, but Boris himself takes the step instead of him, hoping that this sacrifice will provide him with a princely throne. Yustina is sent to a foreign land with her caravan ...
Mongolian ambassador Tengri Temir
Tengri leaves Prince Yaroslav with a "gift" from the Great Khan -  young Nargiz who awakens new life in the prince and puts him before a
Aizhan is the new wife of the Great Khan
fatal choice. On one side of the scale is love and passion, on the other - the throne and life of Nargiz herself, whom neither the people nor the
Yustina starts her tragic journey
lawful wife of Yaroslav are accepting. In the meantime, the Great Khan of THE GOLDEN HORDE, Berke feels a near approach of the death and
Grand Princess, Yaroslav's wife
desperately dreams of an heir!  In the steppe, he meets a 16 year old Aizhan, the daughter of a rich merchant. The cruel, mentally
Everybody is awaiting princess Yustina
unhealthy old man makes this young beauty his third wife. It would seem that together with the end of the wedding, the life of the beautiful
Grand Prince Yaroslav and Nargiz
Aizhan will end, but the young artist Nikolka, who was sent to the Horde with the emissary of Tengri Temir, is ready to give his life for freedom and the kiss of a beautiful stranger ...