Les Miserables (the new)

PHOTOS FROM BBC TV SERIES
After the first photos of the leading stars, BBC One has now released a few more photos from their six-part TV series adaptation of famous LES MISERABLES which is hitting the small screens sometime this year, which

Josh O’Connor as Marius and Ellie Bamber as Cosette

means we can expect a trailer soon! Beside Dominic West as Jean Valjean, Lily Collins as poverty stricken mother Fantine and David Oyelowo as the

Lily Collins as poor Fantine

evil police inspector Javert, the cast also includes Olivia Colman as Madame Thénardier, Adeel Akhtar as Monsieur Thénardier, Josh O’Connor as Marius and Ellie Bamber as Fantine’s daughter Cosette.

HUGO’S 19TH CENTURY STORY
directed by Andrew Davies, is turned into series which delves deep into the many layers of the classic novel, reveling in Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-

Dominic West and David Oyelowo as Valjean and Javert

and-mouse relationship, against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest. With striking intensity and a contemporary resonance, Hugo’s novel

Olivia Colman as opportunistic Madame Thenardier

explores the struggles and triumphs of the underclass and the quest for a better life. The six-part television adaptation of the renowned book will vividly

Adeel Akhtar as evil Monsieur Thenardier who runs a boarding house for kids

and faithfully bring to life the vibrant and engaging characters, the spectacular and authentic imagery and, above all, the incredible yet accessible story that was Hugo’s lifework.

Dracula

BBS AND NETFLIX TO GIVE DRACULA SOME FRESH BLOOD!
This has been mentioned sometime ago, but now BBC One has announced that they are officially making DRACULA mini series together with Netflix and Sherlock producers Hartswood Films! The series, which will have (three) hour and a half long episodes, is written and created bySteven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel. Three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be  warned: the dead travel fast.
Vlad Dracula by Claudia McKinney!

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Nov2

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON DISNEY’S ‘THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS’ WITH MACKENZIE FOY, HELEN MIRREN, MATTHEW MACFADYEN, JACK WHITEHALL! NEW CHARACTER POSTERS!

  NEW ‘NUTCRACKER’ POSTERS
ARRIVE FROM THE FOUR REALMS!
 THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS, adapted by our beloved director Lasse Hallstrom from E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic Christmas Eve tale! It will dance or ballet its way into cinemas starting November 2nd, starring Mackenzie Foy, Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger, Matthew MacFadyen, Morgan Freeman, Miranda Hart as Dew Drop Fairy, Eugenio Derbez as Flower Realm King, Jack Whitehall as Harlequin and Richard E. Grant as Snow Realm King. You can see some of them on the enchanting new character posters for the magical fairy tale fantasy. Lasse got a help behind the helm from Joe Johnston who joined the last month ofproduction to ad a few dynamic action scenes and embellish Hallstrom’s heartwarming, magical vision!

IN THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS
all Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a special key that will  unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfatherDrosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key, which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. There, Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must

 

brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Try to ignore the atrociously miscast Keira Knightley in the trailer below and her criminally, almost tragically bad voice and pathetic facial expressions.

 

Nuts will crack November 2nd this year
The movie was also based on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ballet

The Jane Austen Festival

In England, in splendid Somerset, there is a town of two-thousand years.

An ancient Celtic settlement worshipping the healing spring of the goddess Sulis developed into a Roman camp and town. Aquae Sulis was renowned for its baths built on top of the miraculous spring.

And when the Romans left England, the town was called … Bath.

 

Romantic novelist Jane Austen stayed in Bath many times. Her novel ‘Persuasion’ is set in the beautiful Georgian town, and although its fame as a fashionable place of meeting was already fading, it was still a very agreeable setting for the country girl Jane Austen was.

 

Bath worships Jane and her beautiful novels in an annual festival in September, with lectures, readings, guided tours, and more. There is the parade through Bath’s posh streets, the Royal Crescent and the Circus. There are the costumed balls in the exquisite Pump Room in the Roman Baths. Ten days of revering England’s most famous romance writer, author to the most beautiful love story ever written, Pride and Prejudice.

During these ten days, Bath becomes Jane’s town, once again.

 

We were part of the celebrations in September 2018, my husband and I.

My first thought upon entering the Assembly Rooms for our first country dancing class was that I should have done this earlier, when I was much, much younger. Those energetic dance steps were designed for people not much older than twenty, and I am a senior citizen, so ..

It was, however, tremendous fun.

My husband, bless him, guided me through all the intricate movements. To my surprise, he was very good at memorizing them, whereas I forgot many turns or did the wrong turns. Think of Mr Collins in the 1995 Pride & Prejudice adaptations, and you will know what I mean.

 

So all Austen lovers should experience this, I think.

If you feel up to it, you have to become a member of the Jane Austen Festival, a friend, for £25 a year.

The rest you will find on the beautiful website.

Enjoy!

 

http://www.janeaustenfestivalbath.co.uk/

Witcher (series) coming from Netflix

NETFLIX’ ‘THE WITCHER’ SERIES
CROWNS ITS PRINCESSES, QUEENS AND SORCERERS

New cast members have also been revealed for Netflix’ series adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski famous epic saga THE WITCHER with Henry Cavill in the lead role as Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together. Freya Allan has been cast as Ciri, Princess of Cintra, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as her husband, the knight Eist with Adam Levy as the druid Mousesack! MyAnna Buring will lead the magical academy at Aretuza as Tissaia with Anya Chalotra as Geralt’s love interest, sorceress Yennefer joined by other novice sorcerers Fringilla (Mimi Ndiweni), Sabrina (Therica Wilson-Read). Millie Brady will be the outcast Princess Renfri.

MyAnna Buring and Freya Allan will  be female leads
Millie Brady and Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsonn will play royalty
Therica Wilson Read and Anya Chalotra who is the female lead

Replicas – For the SF Lover

 ‘REPLICAS’ 
KEANU REEVES CLONING HIS WIFE
Check out a trailer and brand new, or rather first, poster for Keanu Reeves’ new science fiction thriller REPLICAS in which he plays  a daring synthetic biologist, who, after a car accident kills his family, will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government controlled laboratory, a police task force and the physical laws of science. In short – Keanu tries to clone his dead wife played by Alice Eve! The movie should slowly start hitting cinemas in certain countries around the world this Autumn and Winter. Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who wrote The Day After Tomorrow, is directing this international production.
The film does not have a USA release date yet