Monday, January 22, 2018

STUDIOCANAL TO ADAPT CHILDREN'S CLASSIC 'THE SECRET GARDEN' INTO A MOVIE! 'HURRICANE' WW2 MOVIE WITH IWAN RHEON, SAM HOARE, STEFANIE MARTINI

  'THE SECRET GARDEN'
TO BLOOM ON SCREEN AGAIN!
The new adaptation will be helmed by Marc Munden
Studiocanal, whose Paddington 2 is getting perfect scores currently in cinemas, is bringing us another delightful family project onto the big screens! As 'Deadline' reports, they have hired Marc Munden to direct a new movie version of famous classic novel THE SECRET GARDEN
Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett back in 1911, the story follows Mary Lennox, a troubled, sickly, little orphan who is sent to live with an uncle in England when her parents die in a cholera outbreak. Initially sour and rude, Mary begins to explore the grounds of her uncle’s estate and befriends a robin. After hearing of the walled garden, she sets out to find it, discovering it to be more magical than she ever could have imagined.

  'HURRICANE: SQUADRON 303'
A BRAVE NEW WW2 STORY
The movie will be out sometime next year
You can also check out the 1st poster for new war movie HURRICANE: SQUADRON 303 which has a rather British cast lead by Iwan Rheon, Sam Hoare and Stefanie Martini, alongside Mel's son Milo Gibson and Polish star Marcin Dorocinski. It is the story of a group of brave Poles who fought in the skies over England in WW2, not just to keep Great Britain free from the Nazis, but also to keep alive the very idea of their own country, which had existed in its modern form for barely twenty years before it was crushed under Germans. Equipped with the almost-obsolete Hurricane and (with some initial reluctance) given RAF blue uniforms, while they fought, Poland lived.

HOLLYWOOD SPY'S GUIDE THROUGH 2018 TEENAGE FILMS + TRAILERS & POSTERS FOR ENCHANTINGLY BEAUTIFUL 'LOVE, SIMON' WITH NICK ROBINSON, DAVID LEVITHAN'S 'EVERY DAY' & 'PLEASE STAND BY' WITH DAKOTA FANNING, TONI COLLETTE

  HOLLYWOOD SPY'S GUIDE
 THROUGH 2018 TEEN MOVIES
You will see a lot of teenage novel big screen adaptations in the fresh 2018, people, from latest Maze Runner movie to the movie versions of Ernest
Jennifer Niven's book was translated by yours truly
Cline's Ready Player One from Steven Spielberg, Alexandra Bracken's Darkest Minds, Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places (with Elle Fanning), Garrard Conley's Boy Erased (with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe), Jenny Han's To All the Boys I Loved Before and Peter Bognanni's The House of Tomorrow.
DID YOU KNOW?
  Emily Danforth's The MisEducation of Cameron Post with Cloe Moretz is out this month too! John Bellair's The House with a Clock in Its Walls will star Cate Blanchett! Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle will star Alexandra Daddario! Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines movie is out December!

  'LOVE, SIMON'
1ST BIG STUDIO GAY ROMANCE
Nick Robinson is Simon in love!
Probably the most anticipated YA adaptation to arrive this year is movingly beautiful adaptation of Becky Albertalli's Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda called LOVE, SIMON in the movie version which is hitting big screens this April starring lovely Nick Robinson in probably the first big studio romantic drama ever with two gays as the pair in love. Directed by Greg Berlanti LOVE, SIMON also stars Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner as Simon's parents, alongside Colton Haynes and Katherine Langford as his friends.
Love, Simon is out in cinemas this April

LOVE, SIMON wants you to know that everyone deserves a great love story. But for Simon it's complicated: no-one knows he's gay and he doesn't know who the anonymous classmate is that he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, scary and life changing. The movie comes from the same producers who brought is The Fault in Our Stars! The actor who plays Blue, the boy Simon is in love, is being kept a secret!



  'EVERY DAY'
FROM DAVID LEVITHAN
David Levithan's Every Day is out April
Based on David Levithan's acclaimed New York Times bestseller, EVERY DAY tells the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named "A" who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and "A" to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make. Also starring Colin Ford it is out this April!



  'PLEASE STAND BY'
 STARRING DAKOTA FANNING!
The first one out, as soon as next week January 26th is touchingly beautiful PLEASE STAND BY in which Dakota Fanning plays a young autistic
Enchantingly warm and beautiful Please Stand By is out next week
woman who runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a "Star Trek" writing competition. Toni Collette also stars.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

DISNEY'S 'SWORD IN THE STONE' LIVE ACTION REMAKE FINDS ITS DIRECTOR! PAUL BETTANY TO PLAY PRINCE PHILIP IN 'CROWN'? 'SIREN' MERMAID TV SERIES CAST PHOTO AND TEASER SWEPT ASHORE!

  'SWORD IN THE STONE'
DISNEY'S MOVIE FINDS DIRECTOR
It is based on T.H.White's book
As you already know Disney is doing a lot of live action remakes of their famous animated classics and one of them is also SWORD IN THE STONE which has just found its director in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later)! The 1963 animated hit was, as 'The Hollywood Reporter' writes, the final movie released by the studio before Walt Disney’s death!
The movie takes a light hearted view of the famous mediaeval legend of King Arthur, focusing on the young Arthur being mentored by the magician Merlin. This is not to be confused with another Disney's project on the same topic The Merlin Saga which might be helmed by Ridley Scott. That one follows young Merlin. Is generally grim and dark Fresnadillo the right director for this job?

   PAUL BETTANY TO PLAY
PRINCE PHILIP IN SEASONS 3 AND 4 OF 'THE CROWN'?
Over at Netflix, the latest gossip coming from Daily Mail say that Paul Bettany is currently negotiating to replace Matt Smith in their THE CROWN series playing a mature age Prince Philip. The 1970s and the 1980s
Paul Bettany is negotiating to play Prince Philip in seasons 3 and 4
in the life of the British monarch will see Helena Bonham Carter playing Princess Margaret and Olivia Colman taking over the role of queen Elizabeth II.

   'SIREN' TEASER
FOR NEW FREEFORM SERIES
FreeForm has released cast photo and a teaser for their new series SIREN which starts March 29th set in Bristol Cove, known for its legend of once being
Siren comes out of the ocean March 29th on FreeForm
home to mermaids! It is turned upside down when a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc upon the small fishing town. Using their resources, marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola
Alex Roe leads the cast of the new series
Evans-Akingbola) must work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land, and are there more like her out there?

Saturday, January 20, 2018

SENSATIONAL TRAILER AND POSTERS FOR CHINA'S MOST EXPENSIVE EPIC FANTASY ADVENTURE EVER 'ASURA' OUT THIS SUMMER!

  FIRST 'ASURA' TRAILER
CHINA'S MOST EXPENSIVE FILM
The movie hits cinemas next summer
Some time ago, I have shown you the first pictures for a movie that has Oscar winning costume and set designers working on it and is considered to be the most expensive domestic movie ever produced in China with the costly budget of $100 million and today we have spectacular new posters and first absolutely mind blowing teaser trailer too! ASURA is an epic fantasy film loosely based on Buddhist mythology! Although done in Chinese, the movie will have an international cast and crew lead by director Peng Zhang who worked so far
Leo and Zhang are the leading couple in the movie
as a stunt coordinator in Hollywood movies. The rest of the international crew also includes Lord of the Rings Oscar winning costume designer Ngila
Lei Wu, known as Leo, left, is the newcomer to the big screens
Dickson,  sound designer Martín Hernandez  and visual effects supervisor Charlie Iturriaga who worked on Deadpool and Furious 7! Our dearest Trevor Morris is composing the score!

  WAR IN HEAVENS
The story is set in Asura, the dimension of pure desire according to ancient Buddhist mythology. The mythical realm is threatened by a coup from a lower heavenly kingdom and the story follows from there.

AN INTERNATIONAL CREW
As The Hollywood Reporter writes, sixteen year old Chinese rising star Lei Wu plays the film's young hero, alongside Hong Kong veterans Tony Leung
The movie is the second most expensive in all Asia!
and Carina Lau. Eighteen year old newcomer Zhang Yi Shang is the female lead and love interest. The international cast members include
Asura is dimension of desire in Buddhist mythology
American actor Matthew Knowles who is fluent in Mandarin and stars in Chinese TV series, Dragon Blade's Joel Adrian, Damien Walters, Caitlin
The movie has been shot all over China
Dechelle, Chinese Zodiac's Paul Philip Clark, Gigi Feshold, Warriors' Gate's Ron Smoorenburg, Jeannine Derbez, Joseph Castillo...  Shot all over China,
Most Chinese blockbusters don't go over $50 million in budget
the first movie of the possible trilogy, should hit cinemas this summer looking to break records that Monkey King 3 will most probably make next month during Chinese New Year!

Friday, January 19, 2018

FREEFORM PREPARING 'CLEOPATRA' EPIC SERIES! NEW 'TOMB RAIDER' TRAILER WITH ALICIA VIKANDER, DOMINIC WEST, DANIEL WU! RUPERT FRIEND JOINS JACK REYNOR'S 'STRANGE ANGEL' 1930S SERIES

  'CLEOPATRA'
EPIC TV SERIES AT FREEFORM!
They are currently setting a writers room!
It isn't really a home you'd expect to see it at, but Freeform is preparing a CLEOPATRA series! Coming from Quantico producers, it will be an epic adventure series following the life of the most beloved ruler in Egyptian history who after being exiled as a young woman decides to stand up against the patriarchy and fight back for her freedom and rightful place as heir. This tale will follow her rise and transition to becoming not only the first, last, and only female Pharaoh, but also the world’s most powerful person all while engaging in a classic love triangle that changed the map of the world forever. It will show young Cleopatra during the period of her life when she was exiled by her own brother and forced to forge shaky alliances and acquiring powerful enemies, including the gods and monsters of Egyptian mythology vying for supremacy over the human race!

  RUPERT FRIEND JOINS
JACK REYNOR IN STRANGE ANGEL
Rupert Friend will bring some fun into Jack's life
I've informed you recently that Jack Reynor will lead new period set series STRANGE ANGEL at CBS and now Rupert Friend is joining the cast too! Raynor plays Jack Parsons, a brilliant and ambitious blue collar worker of 1930s Los Angeles who started as a janitor at a chemical factory but had fantastical dreams that led him to birth the unknown discipline of American rocketry. Along the way, he fell into a mysterious world that included sex magic rituals at night, and he became a disciple of occultist Aleister Crowley. Friend will play his enigmatic neighbour who becomes the young scientist’s tour guide into the illicit underbelly of 1930s Los Angeles. He pulls him into a strange new religion that encourages its followers to pursue their deepest and darkest desires as a means of bending the world to their will.

  'TOMB RAIDER'
NEW TRAILER RELEASED!
Tomb Raider arrives into cinemas this March
Warner Bros. has released a second trailer for the remake of famous TOMB RAIDER which will bring Lara Croft back to the cinemas this March this time played by Alicia Vikander! She is joined in the cast by Daniel Wu and Dominic West as her father with Kristin Scott Thomas also joining them.

  IN NEW TOMB RAIDER
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a
Alicia Vikander takes over the lead role!
teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father's global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he's truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can't understand what drives her to finally solve the
Daniel Wu plays Lara Croft's sidekick in the new remake of the film
puzzle of his mysterious death. She must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. As you can see yourself below, the new trailer is as lifeless as Alicia's acting!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

SKY'S NEW EPIC DRAMA 'BRITANNIA' STARTS AIRING THIS WEEK IN EUROPE, 'JAMESTOWN' SEASON 2 NEXT MONTH! RUTH WILSON TO PORTRAY HER OWN GRANDMOTHER IN BBC'S NEW SERIES 'MRS. WILSON'

  SKY'S EPIC TV DRAMAS
JAMESTOWN RETURNS FEBRUARY
In honour of the start of a new year, British Sky is treating us with two epic dramas! They've just announced today that the 2nd season of their popular historical series JAMESTOWN will start airing Friday, February 9th! You
Jamestown returns with the second season next month!
can read more about the saga that follows first settlers in the 17th century America in our spotlight and the spy will bring you new photos as soon as they arrive!



'BRITANNIA' AIRS TOMORROW 
Their other historical drama BRITANNIA starts tomorrow in UK and then Friday, January 26th on Amazon Prime worldwide!  It is set in 43AD as the Roman Imperial Army, determined and terrified in equal measure, returns to
Kelly Reilly and David Morrisey lead the cast!
crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful Druids who can channel the powerful forces of the
Britannia starts airing this and next week around Europe!
underworld. It also airs in Italy this month, and in Serbia, Spain and Scandinavia on HBO from Friday or next week (and in many other European countries as well).



  BBC'S 'MRS. WILSON' 
RUTH WILSON TO PLAY HER VERY OWN GRANDMOTHER
Ruth Wilson will play her own grandmother
Meanwhile, their rival BBC is turning Alison Wilson memoirs into a three part period set mini television series MRS. WILSON which will see her very own granddaughter Ruth Wilson playing her. To be aired by Masterpiece in USA, it is set in 1940s, 1960s London and 1930s India, and follows Alison Wilson, who is happily married to her husband, a mystery writer. When he dies a woman shows up at her door, claiming that she too is Mrs. Wilson and was married to her husband. Turns out that other Mrs. Wilson wasn’t the only “other” Mrs. Wilson and in addition to learning about his multiple wives, Ruth Wilson’s grandmother learns her husband was also a spy!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

1ST PHOTOS FROM PERIOD SET MOVIES 'DAMSEL' WITH ROBERT PATTINSON, MIA WASIKOWSKA, 'BLACK 47' WITH HUGO WEAVING, 'LITTLE STRANGER' WITH DOMHNALL GLEESON, CHARLOTTE RAMPLING

  COMEDY WESTERN 'DAMSEL' 
STARRING ROBERT PATTINSON AND MIA WASIKOWSKA
A number of period set movies will hit upcoming movie festivals and we have first photos today! DAMSEL will air both at Sundance and Berlin Film Festival. It sees Robert Pattinson playing Samuel, a wealthy and
Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska play the happy couple
influential pioneer who traveled across west American Frontiers to marry love of his life Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). Along the journey, he was aided by a
Damsel hits both Berlin and Sundance next month!
drunkard and a miniature horse named Butterscotch. As Samuel continued on his quest, he encountered many obstacles and soon the lines between heroes, damsels and villains are blurred.

  'BLACK 47' 
 SET DURING GREAT FAMINE
Berlin will also see the premiere of Irish revenge story BLACK 47, set during the Great Famine, in which James Frecheville plays Feeney, an Irish
Hugo Weaving leads the cast of the revenge story movie
Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, but he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he
Jim Broadbent and Stephen Rea also star in the movie
is shocked by the famine's destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family. He swears vengeance. His old British Army
The movie was based on a story by P.J. Dillon
comrade Hannah (played by Hugo Weaving) is then dispatched to put an end to Feeney's uprising.

  'THE LITTLE STRANGER' 
A HAUNTED IRISH MANSION
There's also the first photo from 1947 set Irish drama  THE LITTLE STRANGER in which Domnhall Gleeson plays a doctor who, during a hot
The Little Stranger is based on a novel by Sarah Waters
summer in 1947, is called to treat a patient at a haunted country mansion which has been owned by the same family for two centuries. Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling also star!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

MAGNIFICENT NEW POSTERS & TRAILER FOR CHINESE EPIC ADVENTURE 'MONKEY KING 3: KINGDOM OF WOMEN' SET TO BREAK RECORDS NEXT MONTH

  'MONKEY KING III' 
The movie hits cinemas around Chinese New Year
IN THE KING- DOM OF WOMEN 
Today, you may feast your eyes on something epic: new posters and English language trailer for one of Asia's most magnificent of the upcoming 2018 epic fantasy films. The long awaited sequel to one of China's most lucrative movie franchises ever MONKEY KING III: KINGDOM OF WOMEN (sometimes also known as Land of Beauty), based on legendary Journey to the West story, will monkey its way into theatres next February 16th around China's biggest holiday - Chinese New Year! It is widely expected that it will break Chinese box office records once again! It is estimated that the budget of the movie was above $70 million! It is expected it will follow the winning streak continued by the second movie which broke cinematic records in China back in 2016!
  MONKEY KING III STORY
As Tang Sanzang (Feng Shaofeng) and his three proteges head into the all female territory in the Xi Liang nation known as Women’s Country, they meet the ruler of the country (Zhao Liying). On Sun Wukong (Aaron Kwok)'s suggestion, Tang Sanzang pretends to marry the ruler and lies that his three students will go to fetch the scriptures in place of him. Later, he pretends to see his students off and escapes with Sun Wukong's help when the four of them are safely outside the city.

Monday, January 15, 2018

EPIC NEW PHOTOS FROM AMC'S NEW 19TH CENTURY SNOWY HORROR SERIES 'THE TERROR' STARRING CIARAN HINDS, TOBIAS MENZIES, MATTHEW MCNULTY

  'THE TERROR' EPIC SERIES
NEW PHOTOS HAVE ARRIVED!
Just an update for you this Sunday on one of 2018's most anticipated epic television series! The spy has found a few new photos from AMC's new 19th
The 10 episode series will launch with a two hour premiere in March
century horror thriller action series THE TERROR which will bring suspense to the small screens Monday, March 26th! Click on the photos for a better view!

THE STORY OF THE TERROR
is set in 1847. A crew of a Royal Naval expedition is sent to find the Arctic's treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a
Ciaran Hinds and Tobias Menzies are governing HMS Terror
desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is
Jarred Haris, Ciaran Hinds, Tobias Menzies lead the crew!
  pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, THE TERROR highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements, but with each other.

A TERRIFIC BRITISH CAST!
The expedition is led by Francis Crozier played by Jarred Harris, while period set series thespians Ciaran Hinds, Tobias Menzies, Matthew McNulty, Adam Nagaitis, Liam Garrigan, Edward Ashley, Ronan
The Terror was sent to find the Northwest passage losing 120 members !
Raftery, all the names you watched in recent years in British costume dramas, play the crew of the ship HMS Terror which was found actually last
David Kajganich is the showrunner and creator of The Terror
year under the sea. The series is based on the 2007 best-selling novel of the same name by Dan Simmons! The anthology series will describe some other terror in the following seasons. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

'GENIUS' SEASON 2 TRAILER WITH ANTONIO BANDERAS AS PABLO PICASSO! GEORGE CLOONEY TO LEAD HULU'S WW2 EPIC SERIES 'CATCH 22'

  GEORGE CLOONEY TO
LEAD 'CATCH 22' WW2 SERIES
It will be a six episode mini series
Two period set series for you today. 'Deadline' reports that George Clooney will topline Hulu's new WW2 series CATCH 22 based on Joseph Heller's book. Set in Italy during World War II, it is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger Yossarian, a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. If Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of CATCH 22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specified that people who were crazy were not obliged to fly missions, but anyone who applied to stop flying was showing a rational concern for his safety and was, therefore, sane and had to fly.

  'GENIUS: PICASSO' TRAILER
WITH ANTONIO BANDERAS
Genius: Picasso will start airing in April
A month or two ago I showed you the first photos from the second season of anthology series GENIUS which will now describe Picasso's life and today we have a trailer too! Antonio Banderas, who was born in the same Spanish town as Pablo Picasso, portrays famous painter from his 40s until 1973 death.

 TV SERIES GENIUS: PICASSO
 set to air April 24th later this year on National Geographic, will see its ten episodes exploring how the Andalusian artist’s passionate nature and relentless creative drive were inextricably linked to his personal life, which
Antonio Banderas was born in the same Spanish city as Picasso
included tumultuous marriages, numerous affairs and constantly shifting political and personal alliances. Picasso produced around 50,000 artworks during his life. Clémence Poésy will take on the role of French painter and
The series will air in ten hour long episodes
author Francoise Gilot, who had two children with Picasso, with Poppy Delevingne as Picasso’s lover and muse Marie Thérèse Walter, the mother of his first daughter Maya. Alex Rich plays the young Picasso with Robert Sheehan, Seth Gabel also in the cast.