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”.

Mrs Wilson

‘MRS WILSON’  BBC SERIES
KEELEY HAWES, IAIN GLEN JOIN RUTH WILSON IN NEW DRAMA

BBC has revealed full cast and 1st photo for their new three part period set drama MRS WILSON based on memoir of Ruth Wilson‘s (she plays the lead) grandmother and her family’s complicated history. Iain Glen, our dearest Keeley Hawes and Fiona Shaw will also star!

YOUR HUSBAND IS MY HUSBAND  
Set between 1940s and 1960s London, the series follows Alison Wilson, who thinks she is happily married until her husband dies and a woman turns up on her doorstep claiming that she is the real Mrs. Wilson. Alison is determined to prove the validity of her own marriage – and Alec’s (Iain Glen) love for her – but is instead led into a world of disturbing secrets. Alexander Wilson was a writer, spy and secret service officer who served in the First World War before moving to India to teach as a Professor of English Literature, where he began writing spy novels.Biography | Drama | Mystery
The series will on PBS Masterpiece in USA

THE SUPERHERO MOVIE GENRE NEEDS MORE PERIOD DRAMAS

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Rudyard Kipling once said, “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Cinema has long played a part in helping people remember the past, and now, as the comic book movie has become a dominant genre in the film industry, it’s time to make more of them set within the annals of history.

There was certainly precedence for this seven years ago when two major superhero movies premiered in theaters, both of them boasting a period drama label. The first, in May 2011, was 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: First ClassTwo months later, Disney introduced Steve Rogers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Captain America: The First Avenger.

X-Men: First Class, the fifth in the franchise, traveled back to 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis to introduce Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr (Magneto) as young men before they became adversaries. Captain America: The First Avenger was set 20 years earlier during World War II and centered on a sickly Steve Rogers and his transformation into a super soldier who would come up against the Nazis and the Red Skull.

Since then, there has been an increase in superhero movies taking place in the past. Warner Bros. chose to set their solo Wonder Woman film during the First World War, with Diana heading to the front to battle both the Central Powers forces and the god Ares. The plot benefited greatly from the historical backdrop and context it provided, and now the sequel may be set in the ’80s, during the Cold War. Still to come are X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Captain Marvel, both set in the ’90s. This might not be entirely applicable to Dark Phoenix (which takes place just after X-Men: Apocalypse), but the latter’s setting in the past means that its narrative and character arcs do not have to be influenced by events of movies set in present day.

Credit: Marvel Studios

Captain Marvel gets to use characters from the MCU that have already fallen, like Ronan the Accuser and Korath the Pursuer, who previously appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy. If Marvel Studios chose to set more of their movies in the past they would be able to reintroduce additional characters and fan favorites that deserve more of a run, like Peggy Carter.

That film will also allow Brie Larson’s hero to shine without having her story diluted by the presence of the Avengers, or vice versa. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has said that Captain Marvel is the most powerful hero in the MCU so far, so if she was knocking around in the 21st century, the Avengers would be second-tier heroes. However, by setting it in the ’90s, Carol Danvers is free to face off against the Skrull villains and enjoy her own narrative while Steve Rogers is still cryogenically frozen, Thor is back on Asgard, Natasha Romanoff is in training to become a Russian spy, Tony Stark is dealing with the death of his parents (maybe, depending on the exact date), and Bruce Banner is simply just … being Bruce Banner.

The brilliant thing about the superhero period drama, like Captain Marvel, is that it doesn’t need to interfere with the present-day Marvel movies but instead offers a separate narrative that works to both enhance the genre and the breadth of storytelling. It also gives subordinated individuals a chance to lead.

So often when it comes to historical films or non-romantic period dramas, the stories revolve around men. To quote Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, “The history of the world is but the biography of great men,” and that has long been the case for cinema, even in the fictional retellings of historic events in superhero movies.

However, through Wonder Woman and the sadly short-lived Agent Carter TV series, women were put at the center of these historical moments and able to offer a brilliant commentary on the social and cultural issues of the time. Both the Warner Bros. film and Marvel series highlighted the gross misogyny and sexism of each era but gave ultimate agency to its super-women in order to demonstrate the wrongness of those patriarchal attitudes. Future superhero movies could do something similar, but with established or new heroes.

Take, for example, an X-Men movie. Instead of using the mutant crisis as a metaphor for the Civil Rights movement, both events could be occurring simultaneously, pairing fictional and real-life struggle. It would provide a perspective on the cultural event that’s not entirely dominated by the central white points of view of Professor Xavier and Magneto, but rather the mutants of color like Storm. Ororo Munroe has no doubt experienced prejudice in terms of her sex, race and mutant status, but more often than not she has been pushed to the margins of the onscreen X-Men narrative.

The Suffragists

There’s also the scope for an alternative historical narrative that has already proven successful for TV shows like Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle, films like Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and even comic book movies like Zack Snyder’s Watchmen.  Marvel Studios could bring to the big screen a new superhero group like The Suffragists, who appeared in the alternative Earth-12591 universe. Columbia, Libertas, Miss America and Riveter battled Nazi zombies, who in this multiverse had won World War II, but managed to save the day. An adaptation of that comic book run would allow for more female heroes from diverse backgrounds to take center stage and improve the rather lacking female perspective that currently exists in the MCU.

Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. have so much rich comic book material from several decades to work with that it seems obvious to expand their investment in the superhero period drama—and the commercial and critical success of this kind of movie proves they’re worth continuing. Here’s hoping their writers don’t stop looking back at history in order to bring future superhero stories to life.

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V-Wars

IAN SOMERHALDER  

Netflix has ordered a ten episode small screen adaptation of Jonathan Mabbery‘s best selling book V-WARS and has set Ian Somerhalder as the lead star!
In the series that chronicles the first Vampire War, he will be Dr. Luther Swann, who enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne, into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these “vampires.” Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires.

The series is based on IDW Publishing’s V-Wars franchise, written by New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry. High Park Entertainment produces alongside IDW Entertainment, which will distribute the series worldwide (excluding Canada). 1-800-Missing creators William Laurin and Glenn Davis will serve as showrunners. Brad Turner (Stargate, Stargate Atlantis) will direct and exec produce. High Park’s Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden will exec produce alongside IDW Entertainment president David Ozer, IDW CEO Ted Adams and Marada Pictures’ Games Gibb.

“We could not have dreamed of a better choice than Ian Somerhalder to bring his keen understanding of this genre from his years of starring in The Vampire Diaries to lead the cast of V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann and to be a creative force on this series, as well as to serve as a director this season. We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide.”

V-Wars was first announced in 2014 as part of a straight-to-series deal with Entertainment One. That company, as well as the drama’s original writer and producers Circle of Confusion are no longer attached. The pickup comes as IDW’s Locke and Key is being shopped to other streaming outlets, among others, as the company looks to find a new home for the Carlton Cuse drama based on Joe Hill’s beloved comic series. Despite multiple attempts to bring the series to both the big and small screen, IDW remains committed to finding the project a creative home.

For Somerhalder, meanwhile, V-Wars arrives a year after he signed off of The CW’s Vampire Diaries following its eight-season run. He currently has a pod deal with TVD producers Warner Bros. Television with actress Nikki Reed, his wife, via their Rare Bird Productions banner. He is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Morris Yorn.

V-Wars arrives as Netflix continues to spend an estimated $8 billion annually on original programming. The genre drama joins a roster of Marvel fare including the recently renewed Jessica Jones and gives the streamer a series vampire drama as The CW is prepping the final season of Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, while working on yet another offshoot from the franchise. The genre remains popular with NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and Syfy’s Van Helsing, among others. 

Ian has previously starred in Vampire Diaries

 

Grantchester Season 4

ITV (alongside U.S. co-production partner PBS Masterpiece) has renewed period drama Grantchester for a fourth season. There’s no word on the size of the order for the new season.

In somewhat unexpected news, one of the co-leads, James Norton, who plays Sidney Chambers, will be exiting Grantchester during the fourth season. Casting is underway for a new Vicar.

“I’m ecstatic that – with Masterpiece and ITV – we are returning to Grantchester with all our favourite characters”, said Executive Producer Diederick Santer .”While I’m sad that these will be James Norton’s final episodes, we will make sure he goes out with a bang. We’ve got exciting plans for where the show is heading and the vicarage won’t be vacant for long.”

Based on the novels by James Runcie, Grantchester is set in the 1950s and follows an unlikely crime-fighting duo – the charismatic, charming clergyman Sidney Chambers and gruff, down-to-earth Police Inspector Geordie Keating. The drama series is produced by Kudos and stars James Norton, Robson Green, Al Weaver, Tessa Peake-Jones and Kacey Ainsworth.

The series was developed for television by Daisy Coulam, who is returning to pen the new scripts alongside John Jackson. Kudos and Masterpiece are producing, with Richard Cookson serving as the series producer. The executive producers are Diederick Santer, Emma Kingsman-Lloyd and Daisy Coulam for Kudos and Rebecca Eaton at WGBH Boston for Masterpiece. Director Tim Fywell is returning for the opening two episodes. Production on season four is set to get underway in June in London, Cambridge, and Grantchester.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

PERIOD SET DRAMA TRAILER
I must say, I can hardly wait for this one.  I hope they can do it justice to the original.  I’ve always thought this was a film that should never be remade.  The music in the original was haunting.  ~Genie
The series starts this May on Amazon Prime

Period set delights for you today, starting with the first trailer forNatalie Dormer’s THE PICNIC AT HANGING ROCKwhich will, produced by Australian Foxtel, air on Amazon Prime and also on BBC in UK. This new reimagining of Joan Lindsay’s novel, will first premiere its six episodes in Australia on May 6th and then on May 25th at Amazon Prime.
 

MYSTERY THRILLER

With the story set in the 1900 Natalie Dormer plays English headmistress Mrs Hester Appleyard (a woman whose dead husband instructs her daily life and whose peculiarities are surely hiding dark skeletons) in the drama which revolves around the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day. The complex, interwoven narrative follows the subsequent investigation and the event’s far reaching impact on the students, families and staff of Appleyard College, and on the nearby township.

Late Victorian Era

Natalie Dormer plays the mysterious headmistress of the 1900 school

 

The original and it’s haunting flute.