Monday, April 24, 2017

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON NAT GEO'S 'GENIUS' ALBER EINSTEIN TV SERIES WITH GEOFFREY RUSH AND EMILY WATSON

'GENIUS' TV SERIES
GEOFFREY RUSH IS EINSTEIN! 
Here's something that is coming up as soon as next week: National Geographic will start airing their new scripted series GENIUS Tuesday April 25th around the world! The series will see acting legend Geoffrey Rush playing famous scientist Albert Einstein and since it is imagined as anthology series the second season has already been ordered and it is expected that the new GENIUS they will be dealing with in the second season, some of other great minds of the world, will be announced during the finale of the first season  this summer June 20th.

TIME IS BUT A STUBBORN ILLUSION
Based on the Walter Isaacson book Einstein: His Life and Universe GENIUS is National Geographic's first ever scripted series, executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, with Howard also directing the first episode. The all-star cast includes Geoffrey Rush as mature Professor Einstein, Johnny Flynn as Albert in his youth and Emily Watson as the scientist’s second wife, and first cousin, Elsa Einstein. Over 10 episodes, the series takes Einstein’s story beyond the halls of academia to explore his struggles to be a good husband and father, and a man of principle during a period of global unrest. His daringly creative mind often landed him in trouble with his loved ones and peers, but also helped him to usher in ground breaking discoveries that reshaped modern science. Beside describing how he achieved his scientific theories the series will also offer a look into his theories on human relationships which includes his theory of infidelity.  It charts how Albert Einstein, an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk who struggled to land an academic post in his early years, went on to become the greatest scientific mind of the 20th century, all while juggling volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships!

HOOVER, MUMMY AND MILEVA
T.R. Knight will star as J. Edgar Hoover, whose FBI amassed an enormous file on Einstein in an attempt to prove that he was a “subversive” and a secret communist! Claire Rushbrook will play Pauline Einstein, Albert’s mother. Samantha Cooley plays Serbian scientist Mileva Maric who became Einstein's first wife and mother of his three children and is believed to have been the creator of a lot of his theories.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

NICOLE SCHERZINGER TO PLAY ELPHABA IN 'WICKED' MOVIE ADAPTATION! MARGOT ROBBIE TO RULE ENGLAND IN 'MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS'! CALLUM TURNER IS EDDIE REDMAYNE'S BROTHER IN 'FANTASTIC BEASTS 2'

NICOLE SCHERZINGER 
TO LEAD 'WICKED' ADAPTATION?
According to latest rumours from Hollywood, impossibly talented and divinely gorgeous Nicole Scherzinger is currently the leading choice for the role of the green witch Elphaba in the Stephen Daldry helmed Winter 2019 movie adaptation of WICKED! She already gave legendary performances in Cats and Phantom of the Opera, and gave voice to Moana's mother last year. Below you can check out her ground breaking version of Sia's Never Give Up from Oscar nominated Lion.
WICKED spotlights the untold stories of Wizard of Oz's characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good Witch. It follows green skinned Elphaba  through the life changing events which eventually label her WICKED also featuring spoiled rich girl Glinda, local prince and heartthrob Fiyero and even the Wizard of Oz himself. As Elphaba fights injustice and seeks to undo the mistakes of the past, dark secrets and personal tragedies shape the history of Oz!



'FANTASTIC BEASTS' SEQUEL 
CALLUM TURNER JOINS THE CAST AS NEWT'S BROTHER
Meanwhile, the gorgeous villain we loved to hate in War And Peace, Callum Turner has joined the sequel FANTASTIC BEASTS 2 and will play Eddie Redmayne's character Newt Scamander's brother which is hardly surprising given that he's Eddie's lookalike! As you know Jude Law and Johnny Depp have already joined the cast, Jude as young professor Dumbledore and Depp as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. David Yates is directing again and as it was previously announced that each of the potential five movies in the franchise will be set in another city, this one will have the story revolving in Paris which means we can expect magical beasts and monsters of French charms. The movie is set for November 2018!

'MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
MARGOT ROBBIE IS VIRGIN QUEEN
And the third stunner for today comes in the lovely blond form of Margot Robbie who has just been given the task of ruling England in historical movie MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS as the Virgin Queen Elizabeth! That is what 'Hollywood Reporter' writes today!
A few years ago I already informed you that the titular role of the unfortunate and tragic Scottish queen will go to Saoirse Ronan. Her efforts to try to throw down her aggressive cousin Elizabeth from the English throne and the ensuing battle between the two of them will be the main focus of the upcoming period set drama. Although Elizabeth eventually imprisons and beheads Mary, her son James I later gets the throne his mother coveted so much and becomes the king of England, Scotland and Ireland, after Elizabeth fails to give birth to her own heir. The movie has a female director Josie Rourke!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

HISTORICAL FRIDAY: TNT SETS 'WILL' YOUNG SHAKESPEARE SERIES WITH LAURIE DAVIDSON FOR JULY! MEDIAEVAL ADVENTURE 'PILGRIMAGE' TRAILER WITH TOM HOLLAND, STANLEY WEBER, RICHARD ARMITAGE

YOUNG 'WILL' SHAKESPEARE
SERIES STARTS THIS JULY!
Period set projects today to end the week! TNT has finally revealed the airing date for their fun new series WILL which mixes historical setting and story with modern music. The ten episode series, starring Laurie Davidson as young William Shakespeare, will start airing July 10! Shekhar Kapur directs with the cast also including Olivia DeJonge, Ewen Bremner, Colm Meaney, Mattias Inwood, William Houston, Lukas Rolfe, Max Bennett!
WILL tells the wild story of young William Shakespeare's arrival onto the punk rock theatre scene in 16th century London, the seductive, violent world where his raw talent faced rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous side shows. It's a contemporary version of Shakespeare's life, played to a modern soundtrack that exposes all his recklessness, lustful temptations and brilliance.



'PILGRIMAGE' TRAILER
WITH TOM HOLLAND, STANLEY WEBER, AND RICHARD ARMITAGE
Speaking of mediaeval shenanigans, first trailer has finally been released for historical adventure movie PILGRIMAGE which plays this weekend at Tribeca Film Festival starring Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage and Stanley Weber!
 ON A PERILOUS JOURNEY
Coming to theatres in August,  it is set on the Irish coast in A.D. 1209, where a group of monks and knights set out on a quest to bring a legendary artefact with biblical origins to Rome, where they believe it will be safe from those who seek to wield its power. Their journey quickly turns into a perilous one, with all manner of military men and scoundrels attempting to snatch their cargo.

Friday, April 21, 2017

NEW 'THE BEGUILED' PERIOD SET THRILLER TRAILER WITH NICOLE KIDMAN, COLIN FARRELL! 'SIREN' MERMAID TV SERIES AND 'LEGEND OF THE MONKEY' FANTASY SERIES

'SIREN' TRAILER
FOR NEW FREEFORM TV SERIES
Two trashy looking series for you today :) FreeForm has released first trailer for their 2018 series SIREN set in a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean. Alex Roe leads the cast. 



 'LEGEND OF THE MONKEY'
NEW FANTASY TV SERIES
This also looks trashy and horribly cast :) Netflix has teamed up with ABC Australia on new fantasy series LEGEND OF THE MONKEY! Inspired by famous Chinese fable Journey to the West it will have ten episodes about a teenage girl and a trio of fallen gods on a perilous journey as they attempt to bring an end to a demonic reign of chaos and restore balance to their world. The 100's Chai Hansen leads the funny cast.

NEW 'THE BEGUILED' TRAILER
 NICOLE KIDMAN & COLIN FARRELL
There is also a new trailer released for period set thriller drama THE BEGUILED which competes this year at Cannes Film Festival directed by Sofia Coppola. Starring Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, it is set during the Civil War at a Southern girls’ boarding school. After an injured Union soldier (Colin Farrell) is taken in by the sheltered women, they tend to his wounds. While he is conning his way into each of the lonely women’s hearts, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually on him. Check out the extremely spooky new trailer for it below before it opens up in cinemas around the world at the end of June this summer.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

FIRST TRAILER FOR SYFY'S 'KRYPTON' SF SERIES ON EARLY DAYS OF SUPERMAN'S GRANDFATHER IS ALL KINDS OF AWESOME!

'KRYPTON' SF SERIES 
MAGNIFICENT FIRST TRAILER!
Not much to report today, people, but what we do have is truly magnificent - amazing first teaser for SyFy's upcoming new sf series KRYPTON about the early years of Superman's grandfather! The visuals really look stunning and expensive in the lavish trailer you can check out below. It comes from Stargate and Sleepy Hollow's Damian Kindler and David S. Goyer!

 THE STORY OF KRYPTON 
is set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet following Superman’s grandfather Seg-El, whose House of El was ostracised and shamed, as he fights to redeem his family’s honour and save his beloved world from chaos.

SUPERMAN'S GRANDFATHER
The lead role has been given to Cameron Cuffe who plays Seg-El, destined to be the ancestor of Jor-El (future father of Superman) and Kal-El (the future Superman), he is the scion of the once prosperous El family and is blessed with an intuitive brilliance for all things technical. He now is living in Krypton’s lowest caste after his family was stripped of its rank. Ian McElhinney will play Val-El, grandfather of Seg-El, a rogue genius who believes that space exploration is a basic form of self defence, and he has tried, without success, to warn the Kryptonian elite about the arrival of an ancient threat. Elliot Cowan is Daron Vex, the Chief Magistrate of Kandor whose real business is defending Krypton’s established oligarchy against heretics and dissidents. Ann Ogbomo will be Primus Alura Zod, Lyta Zod’s (female lead played by Georgina Campbell) mother and a leader of Krypton’s military guild, an extremely tough training officer. Rasmus Hardiker will play Kem, a brilliant engineer as well as Seg-El’s best friend and partner in an underground tech repair business. Wallis Day will play Nyssa Vex, a junior magistrate and the daughter of Daron Vex. Aaron Pierre is Dev-Em, a cadet under the command of Primus Alura Zod.
 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SF TUESDAY: MICHAEL CRICHTON'S 'MICRO' MOVIE ADAPTATION! 'KING KONG SKULL ISLAND' FEMALE LEAD TV SERIES! DAN STEVENS' 'KILL SWITCH' SF MOVIE POSTER

MICHAEL CRICHTON'S 'MICRO'
TO BE TURNED INTO A MOVIE
Sf and fantasy adaptations today, people, beginning with Michael Crichton's MICRO which is supposed to be directed by Joachim Ronning. Crichton's last written novel, finished by Richard Preston after his death, is a high concept thriller that follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company only to find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rainforest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them. Ronning, who finished the latest instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean is also set to helm Tom Cruise in Methuselah epic movie.

 'KING KONG SKULL ISLAND'
FEMALE LEAD TV SERIES!
While some parts of the world are still enjoying the latest Tom Hiddleston lead big screen adaptation of KING KONG SKULL ISLAND, a television series with the same title is also in the works but with a female lead! Based on Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong and DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island it will have a female-led, multicultural ensemble that delves into the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins.

'KILL SWITCH' POSTER
FOR A DAN STEVENS SF MOVIE
Speaking of sf, check out the first poster for sf action adventure KILL SWITCH which will see Beauty and the Beast star Dan Stevens playing  a pilot who battles to save his family and the planet after an experiment for unlimited energy goes wrong. Also known as REDIVIDER, it will also star Berenice Marlohe.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ASIAN MONDAY: TRAILERS AND POSTERS FOR NEW CHINESE EPIC MOVIES 'GOD OF WAR' AND 'BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADES 2'

 'GOD OF WAR'
SPRAWLING CHINESE EPIC
Since it is still Easter Monday and Hollywood is sleeping or stuffing itself with its chocolate eggs, we're moving over to good old imperial China with a quick spotlight on two of the upcoming Asian action packed historical projects. First one, the much anticipated GOD OF WAR which should storm into Chinese theatres at the very end of May this year starring Hung Sammo, Zhao Vincent, Wan Quian and Kurata Yasuaki.

THE 16TH CENTURY PIRATES
The story is set during the 16th century, when Japanese pirates proliferated along the Chinese coastline. In 1557, the pirates take over Cengang in Zhejiang. After months of futile advances, Commander Yu finally defeats them under the leadership of newly promoted General Qi. The Pirates, however, manage to escape.



 'BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES 2'
THE ACTION PACK IS BACK!
There is also the first teaser trailer, visually quite stunning, for new Chinese epic adventure BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES 2, which is actually a prequel of the prize winning 2014 Chinese blockbuster set in the age of the Ming dynasty. To open in cinemas this August it will star Chang Chen, Yang Mi and Zhang Yi. During an investigation, Shen Lian becomes the victim of a conspiracy after he is setup to take the fall as the suspect. In order to prove his innocence, he joins hands with a female painter and his allies. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

ANIMATED EASTER WEEKEND PART II: ENCHANTED NEW ANIMATED FAIRY TALES 'AINBO' FROM PERU AND 'MAVKA: THE FOREST SONG' AND 'THE STOLEN PRINCESS' FROM UKRAINE

 'AINBO'
FROM RAINFORESTS OF AMAZON
Second part of our animated Easter Weekend today, beginning with an enchanting story that is in production over in Peru. AINBO will bring South American indigenous elements, lush landscapes and mythology onto the big screens. Its eponymous heroine is a young indigenous girl who lives in the heart of the Amazon, protected by rainforest’s Mother Spirit. One day, she learns how her world is being threatened by Yacuruna, an ancient demon, embodied in deforestation and an illegal mining project. With the help of mythological creatures – a giant turtle, for instance – she sets out to battle these evils.

 'MAVKA: THE FOREST SONG'
MAGICAL WOODS OF UKRAINE
Folk legends and mythological elements, but this time the Ukrainian ones, will also be seen in MAVKA: THE FOREST SONG which is in production in the Ukraine and follows  Mavka - a beautiful forest nymph and soul of the Forest - who faces an impossible choice between love and her duty as guardian to the Heart of the Forest, when she falls in love with a human - the talented young musician Lukash. This story is about the magical power of love. That kind of love that enables human nature to find the magic within and reveals abilities and qualities that empower a person to reach beyond possible and to hold against evil and human vice.



 'THE STOLEN PRINCESS'
THE LOVE OF RUSLAN & MILA
Also coming from the Ukraine is animated comedy fantasy movie THE STOLEN PRINCESS aka Ruslan and Lyudmila. Fate had it for a young traveling bard Ruslan to meet the King's daughter Mila. In spite of different social standings our heroes found a lot in common and shortly fell in love. But their happiness couldn't last long because Mila was kidnapped by Chernomor the sorcerer. He plans to sacrifice Mila to prolong his immortality and power. Ruslan doesn't want to accept the loss of his beloved and launches himself on a search. He is about to witness many wonders on the way. He is going to meet an ill-tempered learned cat, a cowardly wizard, a stone monster and a talking head guarded by a horde of skeletons. Ruslan will overcome all obstacles, defeat all enemies and fighting against the evil won't hesitate to risk his life for a loved one. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

ANIMATED EASTER WEEKEND PART I: DELIGHTFUL NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES 'MANOU THE SWIFT' AND 'RICHARD THE STORK'

 'MANOU THE SWIFT'
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Animated Easter weekend for you, today and tomorrow, in which I will present you with some new animated movies you might not have heard about before! We start with MANOU THE SWIFT, English language animated adventure produced in Germany by LUXX Film.
To be released sometime this year it follows little swift Manou who grows up believing he's a seagull. Learning to fly he finds out he never will be. Shocked, he runs away from home. He meets birds of his own species and finds out who he really is. When both seagulls and swifts face a dangerous threat, Manou becomes the hero of the day.



 'RICHARD THE STORK'
A SPARROW AMONG STORKS
Playing around Europe this spring, and also coming from Germany is another bird hero RICHARD THE STORK. Orphaned at birth and raised by storks, the teenage sparrow Richard believes he is one of them. But when the time comes to migrate to Africa, his stork family is forced to reveal his true identity and leave him behind in the forest, since he is not a migratory bird and would not survive the journey. Determined to prove he is a stork after all, Richard ventures south on his own. But only with the help of Olga, an eccentric owl with an imaginary friend and Kiki, a narcissistic, disco-singing parakeet, does he stand a chance to reach his goal and learn to accept who he really is.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

FIRST 'STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI' POSTER AND TRAILER ARE OUT WITH DAISY RIDLEY, OSCAR ISAAC, MARK HAMILL

 'STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI' 
POSTER & TRAILER RELEASED
I must admit I almost forgot about this one, which tells a lot of how much the force may or may not be with me, so it came as a big surprise for me today: the first, rather blah, teaser and poster have been released for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI today at the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebrations in Orlando. The eight part of the popular sf saga continues the story of the characters we met in Star Wars: Force Awakens.

ITS TIME FOR THE JEDI TO END 
Directed this time by Rian Johnson, and arriving into cinemas around the world December 15th it will again follow the adventures of the characters played by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'O and Mark Hamill with Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern as the new cast members. Kelly Marie Tran will play a Resistance maintenance worker Rose, who joins Finn on an adventure. The new movie might see Luke Skywalker training Ray to become a Jedi herself.Part of the story will be set on a mineral planet of Crait, with an abandoned old rebel base.