The Secret Garden

JULIE WALTERS AND COLIN FIRTH TO LEAD NEW FILM ADAPTATION
 THE SECRET GARDEN now has stars, massive thespians! Julie Walters and Colin Firth will lead the cast in the story moved from the Edwardian era to 1947, on the eve of Partition in India, and in the aftermath of WW2 in Britain.
Set in England and based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 book, THE SECRET GARDENtells the story of Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx), a prickly and unloved 10 year old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents who never wanted her.
Colin Firth will be Archibald Craven
When her parents suddenly die, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (Colin Firth), on his remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors. There, she begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly when she meets her sickly cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst), shut away in a wing of the house. Together, the two damaged, slightly misfit children heal each other, partly through their exposure to a wondrous secret garden, lost in the grounds of Misselthwaite Manor. Julie Walters will play Mrs Medlock, the head housekeeper at Misselthwaite. Amir Wilson and Isis Davis will also star.
Julie Walters will play the headhousekeeper

The Reclusive Aristocrat – Part Forty-Three

Chapter Nineteen

London, Mivart’s Hotel, March 17th, 1816.

Rowena’s soft footfall made him look up. He swallowed at the lovely vision of his wife in her long, silk dressing gown of a rich burgundy colour. He knew that ensemble very well since he had helped her choose it at Améline’s.

“Shall I retire to my own chamber, Alex? You seem unwell,” Rowena offered shyly. Damnation, but he must have spooked her with the brooding gaze he knew all too well never left him entirely.

Alex jumped up and grasped her hands. “By Jove, no! Stay, I beg you.” Banishing all secondary musings, he led her to their bed and made her sit down. He drew his shirt over his head in one movement and tossed it aside, revelling smugly in the widening of his wife’s eyes. He came to stand before her and gently eased the dressing gown from her shoulders. Only a flimsy nightgown held up by narrow straps remained. The fabric did not hide anything, much less the shape of her luscious breasts with their hardened nipples.

She was breathing hard now, and Alex pushed her onto her back on the bed, and while her bare feet remained on the floor, he gently spread her thighs.

“Are you very tired, Rowie?” he breathed, looking into her wide, chocolate eyes. She shook her head, and he bent over her to chastely kiss her full, rosy mouth. She moaned and wrapped her arms around his shoulders.

He grabbed her wrists and pulled her arms up to place them above her head. Oh, she was exquisite when she looked at him in that startled, yet aroused way. “Leave them there, Rowie,” he purred, then used his thumbs to slowly shove her gown up to her waist. She shivered and arched her hips up to him.

“Shh … steady, my sweet.” Caressing the silken skin of her outer thighs, he soothed and at the same time, aroused her. A bewitching combination, he knew. He drew her nearer to his hard shaft and began rubbing it against her swollen, wet womanhood, wrenching small, keening cries from her. Ah, she was so ready for him, but he would not yet give her what she craved.

“Rub yourself against me, Rowie,” he coaxed. “Pleasure yourself, my beauty.” He knew all too well that she had never done that in her life. Although she had given birth, his wife was still so very innocent.

 

Rowena heard what Alex said but could not fathom it. How was she supposed to do as he asked? Nobody had ever told her that a woman could bestow pleasure upon herself. She could only do as he told her and put her feet firmly on the floor, so that her hips were off the bed. A hot flush of shame engulfed her but she could not stop herself. The thick, soft and warm member of her husband fitted so perfectly against the tender cleft of her womanhood that a sob of pure pleasure escaped her. She let her hips rise and descend against her husband’s manhood in a rhythm as old as time. She sobbed in relief as she felt his hands under her bottom to support the straining muscles of her thighs. The conflagration of her climax was so intense that she did not register when he entered her. Her gulf of pleasure did not stop for minutes, not even until a second wave overwhelmed her, fractions of seconds after her husband spilled inside her.

It was not before she was on the brink of oblivion that she realized Alex’ fingers had heightened her climax with fingers caressing and teasing the very spot from where bliss originated.

 

Trembling from exertion, Alex carefully withdrew from Rowena’s slick body. Sweet heavens, but this kind of gratification was going to be his undoing. Never, ever had it been so good.

He left the bed and drew the covers up over her. He should not let her sleep in his bed, he mused. Soon little Emma would need her, so he would carry her to her own room; for now, he needed to catch his breath, and also his composure.

What the devil was happening to him? He had always been able to master his basic instincts well enough. Even in his younger days, he had always succeeded in controlling them enough not to be swept away completely. Until now, blast and bugger.

He threw his shirt over his head, struggled a bit to stick his arms in the sleeves, so damp was he from their lovemaking. Then he went to stand before the window and peered out into the dark London night. Not even the street lanterns were able to pierce it enough to see by. He hated London, and always had. The foul fog that crept from the Thames, the filth everywhere, even in Mayfair’s distinguished streets, the bustle and rumble day and night, the throng of people filling the streets with their shouting, and finally, the Ton, with its hypocrisy and cruelty. Maybe he truly was a recluse, only capable of thriving in the country.

A small gasp from the bed made him turn that way. His wife was awake and quietly weeping. A fist clenched around his heart and sent him flying toward her. He spooned around her warm, naked body and took her in his arms.

“What ails you, Rowena? Have I harmed you in any way? Tell me.”

“Oh, Alex, I cannot stop thinking about Roderick. I always knew he resented me, from when I was a little girl, but now it seems that he also hates me.”

Alex recalled the baronet’s vicious words to Rowena with a surge of anger. “Does Daveston have a town house here?”

“Yes, in Curzon Street. Father inherited it from his uncle together with the title. My great-uncle never married, although he was my great-grandfather’s oldest son. So the title passed to my father, as my grand-father died young. Why do you ask, Alex?”

He gave her a hard, relentless smile, which chilled her to the bone.

“It is always wise to know the whereabouts of your enemy, Rowena. I will endeavour to uncover all his weaknesses, too. It will prepare me for the battle between us.”

“The … the battle?”

“Yes … oh, yes. Your half-brother dared to challenge me, Rowena, so I need to be vigilant. You, on the other hand, need not concern yourself. You are safe with me. I won’t let anything harm you. I protect what is mine.”

Rowena swallowed the tears clogging her throat when his words, uttered in a deep, ruthless baritone voice, penetrated her entire being. A feeling of immense safety filled her very heart and soul. She realised all too well that protection was not love, but it came very close. She might have to be content with that, yet it did not bother her. Her love for him was large enough for them both.

Period Drama Bonanza on AMAZON in May 2018

Period Drama Bonanza on AMAZON in May 2018

Arriving May 1st

  • “Aristocrats” (Limited Series)
  • “Banished” (Limited Series)
  • “Charles II ― The Power and the Passion” (Limited Series)
  • “Daniel Deronda” (Limited Series)
  • “David Copperfield” (Limited Series)
  • “Desperate Romantics” (Limited Series)
  • “Ivanhoe” (Limited Series)
  • “Jane Eyre” (1983, Limited Series)
  • “Jane Eyre” (2006, Limited Series)
  • “Life in Squares” (Limited Series)
  • “Little Dorrit” (Limited Series)
  • “Lorna Doone” (Limited Series)
  • “Love in a Cold Climate” (Limited Series)
  • “Mansfield Park” (Limited Series)
  • “Martin Chuzzlewit” (Limited Series)
  • “Middlemarch” (Limited Series)
  • “Oliver Twist” (1985, Limited Series)
  • “Oliver Twist” (2007, Limited Series)
  • “Our Mutual Friend” (Limited Series)
  • “Pride and Prejudice” (Limited Series)
  • “Sense and Sensibility” (1981, Limited Series)
  • “Sense and Sensibility” (2008, Limited Series)
  • “Sinbad” (Limited Series)
  • “Tess of the D’Urbervilles” (Limited Series)
  • “The Buccaneers” (Limited Series)
  • “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (Limited Series)
  • “The Lost World” (Limited Series)
  • “The Office” (Limited Series)
  • “The Pickwick Papers” (Limited Series)
  • “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” (Limited Series)
  • “The Way We Live Now” (Limited Series)
  • “Tom Jones” (Limited Series)
  • “Vanity Fair” (Limited Series)

Phantom of the Opera

Coming to Netflix in May

I absolutely loved this film with Gerald Butler singing, Patrick Wilson, and Emmy Rossum.

One of the most popular stage musicals in the history of Broadway and London’s West End makes its long-awaited arrival on the motion-picture screen in this lavish adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher. Christine (Emmy Rossum) is a beautiful and gifted young woman who longs to join the company of the Paris Opera House. During rehearsals for one of the opera’s grand productions, a backdrop falls and crashes to the floor, nearly crushing leading lady Carlotta (Minnie Driver). When several members of the company suggest this could be the work of the “Phantom of the Opera,” a spectral presence said to haunt the building, Carlotta drops out of the show, and the fates permit Christine to step in as her replacement. Christine’s performance is a triumph, and on opening night she becomes reacquainted with Raoul (Patrick Wilson), a former childhood friend who is now a wealthy and well-known nobleman. Christine soon finds herself smitten with the handsome Raoul, but the same evening she makes a startling discovery — the story of the Phantom is not just a legend. A brilliant but horribly disfigured composer (Gerard Butler) lives deep in the depths of the opera house, and taken with the beauty of Christine’s voice, he abducts her and brings her to his lair, where he offers to help her perfect her talents, offering to write an opera especially for her. As the terrified Christine is comforted by Raoul, the two fall in love, but the phantom sees her affection for Raoul as a tremendous betrayal, and the jealous phantom nearly kills Christine as he nearly killed Carlotta. When the phantom emerges to present the opera’s management with the piece he has written for Christine, the singer is asked to put her life on the line in an effort to capture the mad genius once and for all. Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s musical version of Gaston Leroux‘s novel, which had already enjoyed several stage and screen adaptations in the past, opened in London in 1986 and has been a popular favorite around the world ever since; the show was still running in New York and London when the film version premiered in late 2004.
Read more at https://www.allmovie.com/movie/the-phantom-of-the-opera-v286681#yclMwx20PJ725i3z.99

 

 

 

I am Dragon 2015

In the midst of the wedding princess Miroslava is kidnapped by a dragon and carried away into his castle on the remote island. Mira left everything behind in the past – family, friends and groom. Now the only things she had were a stone cage and a mysterious young man named Arman … but who is he and what is he doing on that island? Miroslava will know the truth too late: loving a dragon will reveal the bitter truth – love is scary.

This film, a Russian import, had no audience for it. Let’s see if it appeals to our romantic natures.  Language: English  |  Streaming on Amazon now.

 

https://youtu.be/SomZ_9OnE5w

Versailles Final Season

FAREWELL TO FRENCH COURT!
It’s the saddest and the happiest of news, spylings! The new season of French English language epic saga VERSAILLES is finally arriving to Canal + next week, Monday, April 23rd, but it is, alas, the final season as well! After three years, Louis XIV’s royal court is closing its gates on us. The series never really became an opulent historical saga it could have been, opting to fill its second season with mediocre court intrigues, unnecessary mysticism and lack of dynamics and splendor turning it into a doomed snoozefest which tried to save its ratings with full naked ladies. Hope the third season finishes the whole affair in a dignified style! The final season arrives on Ovation in USA in October and this spring in UK on BBC2.

The third and also final season arrives tomorrow in France!
George Blagden is again King Louis XIV the Sun King of France
The final season will see Louis becoming a crazy absolutist.
Judging from the photos the final season will be more opulent!

 

THE END OF A REIGN, THE BEGINNING OF A LEGEND

Louis has settled the Poison Affair and won the war against Holland. Nothing seems to be able to thwart his ambitions: to expand his empire and impose his power on the whole of Europe. But his dreams have a cost, the people are tired of paying and revolts are roaring… At VERSAILLES too, new challenges await Louis. Maintenon, his new favorite, leads him into an absolutist assertion which is not without causing considerable dissension in the Court Gradually, Louis no longer tolerates any dissent, be it his people, Protestants, or the Pope himself. Yet a threat hangs over Louis, in the form of a mysterious prisoner concealed behind a mask …
Royal brothers Philippe and Louis will meet another brother under Iron Mask?
Rory Keenan stars as Holy Roman Emperor Leopold

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Matthew McNulty, who is no stranger to Epic series, is new cast member
KING LOUIS XIV OF FRANCE
Played by George Blagden. Between the arrival of Leopold, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, and that of Cardinal Leto, representing the Vatican,Louis is largely occupied by the control of Europe, while in Paris, the people are becoming irritated by taxes.

DUKE PHILIPPE D’ORLEANS
King’s brother is played by Alexander Vlahos. He tries to unravel the mystery of a masked man, The Iron Mask, whose existence threatens the very foundations of the Monarchy. His secret could question the legitimacy of Louis and Philippe. Who is he ? How to silence it?

QUEEN MARIE THERESE

Louis’ wife is played by Elisa Lasowski. Sister-in-law of Emperor Leopold, Marie Thérèse succumbs to his charms and goes to support her lover rather than her husband. A very dangerous game.

FABIEN MARCHAL

The king’s security expert is played by amazing Tygh Runyan. Fabien’s loyalty will be put to the test. He’s troubled by Sophie’s return to Versailles.

MADAME DE MAINTENON

King’s new lover is played by Catherine Walker. After the dismissal of slutty Madame de Montespan’s from the court, Maintenon became Louis’s favorite. But despite the many solicitations of the King, she refuses him.

PRINCESS PALATINE

Duchess of Orleans is played by Jessica Clark. A fierce opponent of Maintenon, who removed her newborn baby to send her to royal nurseries in Paris, she will contribute to the reconciliation of Philippe and his idiotic and egotistic lover Chevalier (played by Evan Williams above) and finally reform their scandalous “ménage à trois”.