Saturday, December 3, 2016

1ST PHOTOS FROM 'A HANDMAID'S TALE' DYSTOPIAN TV SERIES WITH JOSEPH FIENNES, ELISABETH MOSS! 'THE WOODS' SF COMIC BOOK TO BECOME TV SERIES

'THE WOODS' COMIC BOOK
TO BE ADAPTED INTO SERIES
In TV news this Saturday, SyFy has announced that they're developing new sf series based on THE WOODS comic book to be produced and helmed by San Andreas director Brad Peyton!
THE WOODS is set in Wisconsin where an entire high school campus, including the 300 students, teachers, parents and workers who happened to be there at the time, vanishes without a trace and reappears in the middle of the thick woods on the moon of a distant planet. Now their normal lives have suddenly and dramatically changed as they must survive the eerie and dangerous environment while desperately trying to find a way to get back home.

'A HANDMAID'S TALE
1ST PHOTOS FROM THE TV SERIES
Meanwhile, Hulu has released first pictures from their upcoming new series A HANDMAID'S TALE based on Margaret Atwood's novel which will air next April starring Elisabeth Moss,  Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski!
A HANDMAID'S TALE is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s (Joseph Fiennes) household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

'THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER' EPIC TV ADAPTATION FULL TRAILER IS HERE! RAFE SPALL, TOBY JONES JOIN CHRIS PRATT, BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD IN 'JURASSIC WORLD 2'

'JURASSIC WORLD 2' CASTS
RAFE SPALL AND TOBY JONES
We're all British this Friday, my spylings, starting with the casting news coming from the pre production  of JURASSIC WORLD 2 which has just added two British thespians, our most beloved Rafe Spall, and Toby Jones, into the cast which is again going to be headlined by Bryce Dallas Howard (I hear she won't be wearing high heels in the middle of a jungle this time) and America's favourite Chris Pratt. With B.D. Wong reprising his role of Dr. Henry Wu from the previous instalment, JURASSIC WORLD 2 will also have Justice Smith coming aboard! Not much is known about the story so far, except that it won't be set in the Isla Nublar Dinosaur park and that it might have dinosaurs equipped with weapons! Yep, you read it right! Directed by J.A. Bayona it should storm cinemas summer 2018!

'THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER'
EPIC TRAILER IS HERE
Last Sunday I showed you the teaser, but now British Sky One has released a longer trailer for their new epic TV movie THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER which will air this Christmas afternoon! An adaptation of Jasper Fforde's book is a mix of real and fantasy world following an orphan who discovers her destiny is to become the last Dragonslayer! Pauline Collins, Matt Berry, little Ellise Chappell and John Bradley all star together with our beloved Andrew Buchan as the wizard. Richard E. Grant is lending his voice to the dragon Maltcaisson!

Friday, December 2, 2016

TOUCHING TRAILER FOR 'THE SHACK' MOVIE ADAPTATION WITH SAM WORTHINGTON, OCTAVIA SPENCER! 'THE MUMMY' REBOOT TEASER WITH TOM CRUISE, RUSSELL CROWE

'THE SHACK' FIRST TRAILER
WITH SAM WORTHINGTON AND OCTAVIA SPENCER
Two trailers for you today, starting with the very first one for the big screen adaptation of famous THE SHACK in which  Sam Worthington is a man whose youngest daughter is kidnapped during a family holiday. Evidence turns up in an abandoned shack to suggest she was murdered, which stymies the case. But then, four years later, he receives a note, apparently from God (Octavia Spencer), inviting him to go back to the ruined building. He accepts, against his better judgement, and what he finds there changes his life forever. The long awaited movie isn't coming out any time soon, since it is scheduled for March next spring.



'THE MUMMY' REBOOT TEASER
TOM CRUISE & RUSSELL CROWE
In the trailer department, first teaser and poster have been released for the reboot of THE MUMMY with full trailer arriving Sunday with Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe (as Dr Jekyll) starring in Universal's new movie in their monsters franchise. Sofia Boutella plays the Mummy. It is out next summer!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

GORGEOUS 'THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT' WW1 TRAILER WITH MICHIEL HUISMAN, JOSH HARTNETT, BEN KINGSLEY! 'KINGKILLER CHRONICLE' TO BECOME FANTASY MOVIE & TV SERIES! ANTHONY RAPP, DOUG JONES BOARD 'STAR TREK: DISCOVERY'

  'THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLE'
GETS MOVIE AND TV ADAPTATION!
Deadline reports today that Lionsgate is preparing to adapt Pat Rothfuss fantasy trilogy THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLE into a movie franchise and also a TV series. Lin Manuel Miranda is set to do the music. The main character of the saga is Kvothe, an adventurer and famous musician, and the books follow his travels through the world called the Four Corners of Civilization where different regions are either rich or barren, some even populated by fairies! It is planned for the first movie to be based on the first book THE NAME OF THE WIND, while at the same time developing a TV series that expands on the world outside the books!

  'STAR TREK: DISCOVERY'
CASTS NEW CREW MEMBERS 
In TV news, by now you've probably heard that it has been confirmed that Michelle Yeoh will, indeed, star in new STAR TREK: DISCOVERY CBS series, and she will be Captain Georgiou, the Starfleet Captain of the Starship Shenzhou. But two more cast members have been added to the series which will be set in the early days of Federation's exploration of wider space. Anthony Rapp will appear in the regular cast as Lt. Stamets, a gay astro mycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer aboard the Starship Discovery. Doug Jones will be Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer and a new alien species to the Star Trek universe. To air in May, the series will have a female commander as the lead character.

  'THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT' 
 FIRST TRAILER WITH MICHIEL HUISMAN AND JOSH HARTNETT
And here's a trailer we've been waiting for! The first one for period set drama THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT out next February!  Directed by Joseph Ruben THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT  follows a strong willed woman (Hera Hilmar), who, frustrated by ongoing injustice at home, leaves the United States after meeting Jude, an American doctor (Josh Hartnett) who runs a remote medical mission within the Ottoman Empire, a world both exotic and dangerous, and on the brink  of what is about to become the first World War. There, she finds her loyalty tested to both Jude and the mission’s founder (Ben Kingsley) when she falls in love with their perceived enemy, a lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army (Michiel Huisman). With invading army forces at their doorstep, and the world about to plunge into all-out war she must make a decision.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

LUKE EVANS, DANIEL BRUHL TO LEAD 'THE ALIENIST' 19TH CENTURY CRIME TV SERIES! NEW 'HIDDEN FIGURES' POSTER WITH TARAJI P. HENSON, OCTAVIA SPENCER, KEVIN COSTNER

  LUKE EVANS TO STAR IN
'THE ALIENIST' PERIOD SET SERIES
In the long series of Hollywood movie stars who are moving over to the small screens, the latest one is our beloved Welshman Luke Evans! He and Daniel Bruhl will lead new period set THE ALIENIST TV series at TNT!
An adaptation of Caleb Carr's novel THE ALIENIST is set in the Gilded Age of New York City in 1896, a city of vast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation. When a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips the city, newly appointed Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt calls upon criminal psychologist (or alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) and newspaper reporter John Moore (Luke Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are aided by a makeshift crew of singular characters, among them the intrepid Sara Howard, a young secretary on Roosevelt’s staff who is determined to become NYC’s first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders tracks down one of New York’s first serial killers.

  'HIDDEN FIGURES' POSTER
WITH TARAJI P. HENSON, OCTAVIA SPENCER, KEVIN COSTNER
You can also check out a new poster for Taraji P. Henson's new drama movie HIDDEN FIGURES which is out from January next year.  As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons also star. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

1ST PHOTOS OF GEOFFREY RUSH & JOHNNY FLYNN AS EINSTEIN IN 'GENIUS' PERIOD SET TV SERIES! MESMERIZING 'THE DUELIST' TRAILER FOR RUSSIAN 19TH CENTURY ACTION DRAMA

  'GENIUS' SERIES PICS WITH
GEOFFREY RUSH AS EINSTEIN!
Earlier this year I've announced that National Geographic Channel is preparing a GENIUS TV series on Einstein and now we have first photos showing Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn portraying the famous scientist in his older and younger years!
RON HOWARD HELMS 
 Oscar winner Ron Howard is helming the ten episode GENIUS series on the famous physicist Albert Einstein which will describe how an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk, who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate, unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe. Each episode will explore Einstein’s extraordinary scientific achievements, along with his volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships.

  MESMERIZING 'THE DUELIST'  
19TH CENTURY DRAMA TRAILER
You also have an honour today to check out the wildly gorgeous trailer for Russian epic drama THE DUELIST  (Duelyant) which has recently played in Russian cinemas and will hit USA December 2nd! Set in 19th century Imperial Russia, the story of this visually beautiful movie revolves around a retired army veteran who makes a good living by settling duels for aristocrats, a common practice of the era. Shot in IMAX its cast includes Russia's favourite actor Petr Fedorov alongside Vladimir Mashkov, Martin Wuttke, Julia Khlynina, Yuri Kolokolnikov!  
 

Monday, November 28, 2016

1ST PHOTOS FROM DECEMBER PERIOD SET NEW TV SERIES 'WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION', BRONTE SISTERS 'TO WALK INVISIBLE', 'HALCYON' WW2 HOTEL, EPIC 'LAST DRAGONSLAYER'

  BBC'S AND AGATHA CHRISTIE'S  
'WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION'
First photos are arriving for upcoming new period set television series, among them BBC's latest adaptation of Agatha Christie! After scoring amazing success with their last year's And Then There Were None, which boasted a tremendous cast, BBC is bringing us THE WITNESS FOR THE PROSECU- TION this December within their festive programme schedule! Admittedly it does look much weaker than the last year's project and does not have such a strong cast. This one stars Kim Cattrall, Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough and Billy Howle.
With the long terrible shadow of the Great War falling across the rackety, feral 1920s, THE WITNESS FOR THE PROSECU- TION is a compelling story of deceit, desire, murder, money and morality, innocence and guilt, heartbreak and most painful and dangerous of all, love. The story starts after the murder of glamorous and rich Emily French (Kim Cattrall). All the evidence points to Leonard Vole (Billy Howle), a young chancer to whom the heiress left her vast fortune and who ruthlessly took her life. At least, this is the story that Emily’s dedicated housekeeper Janet McIntyre (Monica Dolan) stands by in court. Leonard however, is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine (Andrea Riseborough), can prove his innocence.

  BBC'S 'TO WALK INVISIBLE'  
BRONTE SISTERS MINI SERIES
Speaking of BBC December will also bring us their new mini series on Bronte sisters TO WALK INVISIBLE which shows them in a new light and tells the story behind these three women who, despite the obstacles they faced, came from obscurity to produce some of the greatest novels in the English language. Jonathan Pryce plays the role of the Brontë sisters’ father, Patrick, and is joined by Chloe Pirrie as Wuthering Heights author Emily Brontë. Finn Atkins portrays ambitious older sister Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre and Charlie Murphy plays the determined, level headed younger sister Anne the author of novels Agnes Grey and The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall. Their reckless brother Branwell, whose destructive behaviour threatened to destroy his family, is played by always great Adam Nagaitis.

  ITV'S 'HALCYON' SERIES
SET IN WW2 HOTEL 
Their rival ITV is, meanwhile, ready to air their eight part period set series HALCYON  set in the luxury of the Halcyon Hotel in World War II London! Fast paced and filled with music of that era, it shines a spotlight on the class divide between the upstairs and downstairs inhabitants of the hotel and their enduring relationships, lives and politics, set against the backdrop of World War II as it reaches its ferocious peak.  Olivia Williams is lady Hamilton, the owner of HALCYON, Steven Macintosh is the hotel manager. Lord and lady Hamilton also have two sons: Freddie (Jamie Blackley), a young Spitfire pilot, who's in love with Emma, manager's  daughter, the hotel receptionist, and younger son Toby (Edward Bluemel), who is secretly gay.

  'THE LAST DRAGON SLAYER'  
SKY'S CHRISTMAS TV MOVIE
Meanwhile, Sky One's Christmas festive programme will include a new television adaptation of THE LAST DRAGON SLAYER  based on the  first in the series of popular fantasy novels written by Jasper Fforde. Little Ellise Chappell plays an orphan Jennifer Strange, a young inhabitant of the Ununited Kingdoms, who discovers that her destiny is to become the last Dragonslayer. This magical series also stars Ricky Tomlinson, Pauline Collins and John Bradley.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON BBC'S NEW 'RILLINGTON PLACE' PERIOD SET TRUE EVENT SERIES WITH TIM ROTH, NICO MIRALLEGRO, SAMANTHA MORTON

  'RILLINGTON PLACE'  
 NEW BBC MINI TV SERIES
Now here's something very new that starts as soon as next week, primetime Tuesday, November 29th over at British National Broadcaster BBC One: Tense and impactful three part thriller series RILLINGTON PLACE, based on the tragic and disturbing real life events, which explores the crimes of serial killer John Christie and the subsequent tragic miscarriage of justice in 1940s and 50s London. The cast is lead by almost unrecognisable Tim Roth, alongside always brilliant Samantha Morton as his wife and one of our most beloved among the young Brits, deeply charismatic and magically convincing Nico Mirallegro!

 NICO MIRALLEGRO, TIM ROTH, SAMANTHA MORTON STARRING
Presenting each episode from the separate viewpoints of his wife Ethel,  their neighbour Timothy and finally Christie, RILLINGTON PLACE retraces the steps that led an innocent man Timothy Evans to be accused of murder and hanged for a crime he did not commit,  whilst Christie went unchallenged until his arrest in 1953. Reconciled after living apart for nine years, John Reginald Christie (Tim Roth) and his wife, Ethel (Samantha Morton), move into the ground floor flat of 10 RILLINGTON PLACE, West London. The adjustment to a new life, in a small, rundown property, is particularly felt by Ethel but she strives to please her husband. Ten years on, Timothy Evans (Nico Mirallegro) and his wife Beryl (Jodie Comer) move into a flat upstairs and fall prey to Christie’s influence and tales. When Beryl becomes pregnant with a second child, already struggling to make ends meet following the birth of baby Geraldine, the Evans allow Christie to help them with deadly consequences for the young newlyweds. The series told in three episodes is based on a true story which later on contributed towards the abolition of capital punishment in Britain.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

MINDBLOWING TRAILERS FOR RUSSIAN SF BLOCKBUSTERS 'DANCE TO DEATH' AND FEDOR BONDARCHUK'S 'ATTRACTION'! POSTER FOR RUSSIAN SF 'COMA'

  'DANCE TO DEATH' TRAILER  
DANCE FOR YOUR LIFE!
Since America is sleeping today or black Fridaying, we're seeking comfort in the warm arms of great Mother Russia with amazing trailers for two of their new sf movies. DANCE TO DEATH (Tantsy nasmert) is out next March set in the 2070s Moscow. The old energy technologies, such as oil and coal, were lost decades ago during the nuclear war. But a new technology has been developed that converts the human body directly into energy, leaving behind only a flurry of gray ashes. In a sealed bunker in the post apocalyptic ruins of Moscow, young people struggle against each other in a deadly dancing tournament. The winners will live. The losers will be consumed for energy to power the city. One of the young people in the bunker is Kostya (Ivan Zhvakin), who was captured during a police raid and forced into the tournament. There he meets and falls in love with Anya (Lukerya Ilyashenko), the daughter of a high ranking official who has willingly offered herself to the tournament for the sake of the city. Who will survive?



  'THE COMA' SF MOVIE  
  WITH ANTON PAMPUSHNYY
This one still doesn't have a trailer since it is scheduled for cinematic release in 2018, but the poster and script certainly are impressive: THE COMA starring one of our fave Russian actors Anton Pampushnyy! After a colossal and mysterious accident a young talented architect comes back to his senses in a very odd world that only resembles the reality. This world is based on the memories of the ones who live in it - people who are currently finding themselves in a deep coma. Human memory is spotty, chaotic and unstable. The same is the COMA - odd collection of memories and recollections - cities, glaciers and rivers can all be found in one room. All the laws of physics can be broken. The architect must find out the exact laws and regulations of COMA as he fights for his life, meets the love of his life and keeps on looking for the exit to the real world which he will have to get acquainted with all over again after the experience of COMA.

  'ATTRACTION' SF TRAILER  
 MOSCOW UNDER ALIENS!
And I've already shown you a trailer for this one, but now we have an exciting new trailer for another Russian sf movie ATTRACTION (Prityazhenie) which will land in Russian cinemas next January starring Alexander Petrov, Oleg Menshikov and Irina Starshen baum!  After an alien ship crash lands onto a Russian city, many who have saw the inside and the occupants start to question their own existence while there are those who demand the aliens to leave Earth! Legendary Russian film maker Fedor Bondarchuk who brought us cult Russian sf saga The Inhabited Island and war movie Stalingrad is helming this one as well! 

Friday, November 25, 2016

MICHELLE YEOH IS STARFLEET CAPTAIN IN 'STAR TREK: DISCOVERY'! 'THE BOOK OF LOVE' TRAILER WITH JASON SUDEIKIS, JESSICA BIEL, MAISIE WILLIAMS

  MICHELLE YEOH IS CAPTAIN  
IN 'STAR TREK: DISCOVERY'
Great news, people, after a very long wait we finally have the first name in the cast for new STAR TREK: DISCOVERY TV series which will air at CBS next spring and through Netflix around the world! Michelle Yeoh has been announced by one of the show's producers as the new captain!
Sadly, it won't be the lead role since this series will have a female starship lieutenant commander of colour as the protagonist thus marking it as the first of the STAR TREK series that won't have their lead star commanding the ship! Michelle Yeoh will apparently have a reoccurring role as a character named Han Bo a captain of another ship named the Shenzhou and should have an important role in the first season which won't have individual stories in each episode but will follow a longer storyline set ten years before the original series when Star Federation was first venturing into the unknown space.  If the rumours are right DISCOVERY will also have a male British doctor aboard and at least one gay character!

  'THE BOOK OF LOVE' TRAILER  
JASON SUDEIKIS & JESSICA BIEL
And a lovely first trailer for Jason Sudeikis' (looking better than ever in it) new movie THE BOOK OF LOVE which is out this January in cinemas. Originally titled The Devil and the Deep Blue See it will see Sudeikis playing Henry an introverted architect. After the death of his wife (played by Jessica Biel) in a car accident, he sets out to help Millie, a homeless teen (played with a very, very bad accent, by Maisie Williams), to build a raft to sail across the Atlantic. Also starring Paul Reiser, Orlando Jones and Mary Steenburgen the movie features beautiful original music from Justin Timberlake