Maya Lord

ROLAND EMMERICH TO DIRECT MAYAN EMPIRE ADVENTURE
Some years ago, Roland Emmerich got movie rights on MAYA LORD from John Coe Robbins and now it seems the production of the movie set in the 16th century is moving on! It will follow a solider, Guerrero, and a priest, Aguilar, who survive a violent shipwreck in the Yucatan Peninsula where they get captured by a fierce Mayan tribe. With no hope for escape, the brilliant and pragmatic adventurer Gonzalo Guerrero chooses to adopt the Mayan culture as his own, while the uncompromising Father Aguilar holds fast to his Christian faith. The conquistadors arrive and test the will of both men as they take different warring paths!
Roland Emmerich is directing Maya Lord

The Voyage of Doctor Dollitle in April 2019

EMMA THOMPSON, BANDERAS, MICHAEL SHEEN, RALPH FIENNES

  Universal Pictures is gathering a rather stellar cast for their live action adaptation of THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLLITLE which will see Robert Downey Jr playing the famous doctor who can speak to animals. Antonio Banderas will apparently play his enemy, a pirate named Rassouli while Michael Sheen is set to play Mudfly! Meanwhile, British thespians Emma Thompson and Ralph Fiennes will lend their voices to some of the talking animals alongside young Tom Holland! An adaptation of Hugh Lofting’s classic book from the 1920’s the movie is viewed as the potential opening for a whole franchise.

Doctor DoLittle is set for April 2019 release!

“The King” – King Henry for Netflix

While we are waiting to see Chris Pine as a Scottish hero Robert the Bruce in Outlaw King later this year, it seems Netflix is preparing another royal project. THE KING will star Oscar nominee Timothee Chalamet as king Henry V! Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh and Laurence Olivier were just some of the actors who portrayed the king famous for the battle at Agincourt.

THE KING, directed by David Michod, will see Chalamet playing the king  who, after his brother is killed in battle before his coronation, takes over the crown in the early 1400s. The reluctant ruler wears the crown at a time when England was near a war with France, and the empire is teetering. He rises to the occasion, admirably.

Timothee Chalamet 2017 – Call Me by your Name
Timothee is nominated for an Oscar this year

 

The Name of the Rose 2019

MICHAEL EMERSON JOINS ‘THE NAME OF THE ROSE’

 Italian RAI is preparing $30 million epic series based on Umberto Eco’s THE NAME OF THE ROSE and that John Turturro (As William of Baskerville) and Rupert Everett (as Inquisitor Gui) will lead the cast, and now they’re joined by Michael Emerson who will play The Abbot, an ambiguous, greedy, over sensitive and irritable prince of the Abbey! To start airing its eight episodes at the beginning of next year, it follows William of Baskerville, a 14th century Franciscan monk, as he investigates a series of unusual deaths at a remote monastery! Damian Hardung will be William’s apprentice, Benedictine novice Adso.

Actor (48 credits)
 2019 The Name of the Rose (TV Series) (announced)
The Abbot

Episode #1.1 (2019) … The Abbot
 2018 Mozart in the Jungle (TV Series)
Morton Norton

An Honest Ghost (2018) … Morton Norton
 2017-2018 Arrow (TV Series)
Cayden James

The Devil’s Greatest Trick (2018) … Cayden James
All for Nothing (2018) … Cayden James
We Fall (2018) … Cayden James
Divided (2018) … Cayden James
Irreconcilable Differences (2017) … Cayden James
 2017 Claws (TV Series)
Ted

Ambrosia (2017) … Ted
 2011-2016 Person of Interest (TV Series)
Harold Finch

Return 0 (2016) … Harold Finch
.exe (2016) … Harold Finch
Synecdoche (2016) … Harold Finch
The Day the World Went Away (2016) … Harold Finch
Sotto Voce (2016) … Harold Finch
 2015 The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Narrator

Into the Atom (2015) … Narrator (uncredited)
Unruly Elements (2015) … Narrator (uncredited)
Out of Thin Air (2015) … Narrator (uncredited)
 2013 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (Video)
Joker (voice)
 2012 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (Video)
Joker (voice)
 2011 Generator Rex (TV Series)
Nanite Alpha

Ben 10/Generator Rex Heroes United (2011) … Nanite Alpha (voice)
 2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades (TV Series)
Dr. Archibald Monev / Dr. Venom

The Anaconda Strain (2011) … Dr. Archibald Monev / Dr. Venom (voice)
 2011 Parenthood (TV Series)
Andy Fitzgerald

Amazing Andy and His Wonderful World of Bugs (2011) … Andy Fitzgerald
 2010 God in America (TV Series)
John Winthrop

A New Adam/A New Eden (2010) … John Winthrop
 2010 Lost – Epilogue: The New Man in Charge (TV Short)
Ben Linus
 2006-2010 Lost (TV Series)
Benjamin ‘Ben’ Linus / Henry Gale

The End (2010) … Benjamin ‘Ben’ Linus
What They Died For (2010) … Benjamin ‘Ben’ Linus
Across the Sea (2010) … Benjamin ‘Ben’ Linus (credit only)
The Candidate (2010) … Benjamin ‘Ben’ Linus (credit only)
The Last Recruit (2010) … Benjamin ‘Ben’ Linus
 2010 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series)
Creepy Target Sock Shopper

 2010 Goldstar, Ohio (Short)
Steve Harper
 2010 Lost: Final Chapter (TV Movie)
Narrator / Ben Linus
 2009 Lost: A Journey in Time (TV Movie)
Narrator / Ben Linus (voice)
 2008/I Ready? OK!
Charlie New
 2008 Lost: Via Domus (Video Game)
Ben Linus (voice)
 2008 Lost: Past, Present & Future (TV Movie)
Narrator / Ben Linus
 2007 Lost: Missing Pieces (TV Mini-Series)
Ben Linus

Room 23 (2007) … Ben Linus (uncredited)
King of the Castle (2007) … Ben Linus (uncredited)
 2006 Jumping Off Bridges
Frank Nelson
 2005 The Legend of Zorro
Harrigan
 2005 The Inside (TV Series)
Marty Manning

Pre-Filer (2005) … Marty Manning
 2005 29th & Gay
Gorilla
 2004 Straight-Jacket
Victor
 2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Allan Shaye

Ritual (2004) … Allan Shaye
 2004 Saw
Zep Hindle
 2003 Whoopi (TV Series)
F. Thomas Erickson

The Fat and the Frivolous (2003) … F. Thomas Erickson
 2003 Skin (TV Series)
Scarpelli

Secrets & Lies (2003) … Scarpelli
 2003 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Stuart Wesmar

Victory for Humanity (2003) … Stuart Wesmar
 2002 The X-Files (TV Series)
Oliver Martin

Sunshine Days (2002) … Oliver Martin
 2002 Unfaithful
Josh
 2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Gerry Rankin

Phantom (2002) … Gerry Rankin
 2002 The Laramie Project (TV Movie)
Reverend
 2001 Sounds from a Town I Love (TV Short)

 2001 The Education of Max Bickford (TV Series)

Herding Cats (2001)
 2000-2001 The Practice (TV Series)
William Hinks

The Thin Line (2001) … William Hinks (uncredited)
Payback (2001) … William Hinks (voice, uncredited)
An Early Frost (2001) … William Hinks
Friends and Ex-Lovers (2000) … William Hinks
The Deal (2000) … William Hinks
 2000 The District (TV Series)
Man in Bar

Pilot (2000) … Man in Bar
 2000 Stark Raving Mad (TV Series)
Mr. Putnam

The Psychic (2000) … Mr. Putnam
 1999 For Love of the Game
Gallery Doorman
 1998 Playing by Heart
Bosco
 1998 Grace & Glorie (TV Movie)
Arnold Dudley
 1998 The Impostors
Burtom’s Assistant
 1997/I The Journey
Michael
 1990 Orpheus Descending (TV Movie)
Clown

 

Valentine’s Day – Wednesday February 14th

North and South 2004


Richard Armitage’s breakthrough role on TV was Victorian cotton mill-owner John Thornton, in the BBC’s 2004 adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South.
He had been steadily building a career in British television, playing a variety of increasingly more important supporting roles from 2001 onwards. But Thornton was his first leading role, and it took his career to a new level.

Set in the 1850s, Gaskell’s novel tells the story of Margaret Hale, a vicar’s daughter from the south of England, whose family moves to the northern industrial town of Milton. There she meets the owner of one of the largest local cotton mills, John Thornton. Used to the genteel society of the south, she struggles to adjust to the grime and poverty of the busy mill town at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. She clashes repeatedly with Thornton, critical of his manner of doing business and his treatment of his workers. But gradually they grow closer and come to understand each other. It’s a ‘social problem’ novel with a compelling love story at the heart of it.

“I live in fear that I will never find a role like Thornton again, but that’s the challenge. I loved playing the role so much and I think it will stay with me forever. It was just a part I completely devoured and related to.” – Richard Armitage


Pride and Prejudice 1995

Jane Austen’s classic novel is brought to the screen once again in this intelligent and witty romantic drama. Elizabeth Bennett (Jennifer Ehle) is one of five sisters living on a British country estate in the 1800s. At a time and place in which matrimony is considered a woman’s logical goal in life, Elizabeth displays a cautious reluctance toward marriage — so when a wealthy young man, Fitzwilliam Darcy (Colin Firth) expresses an interest in courting her, she isn’t so sure she cares for him. Elizabeth and Darcy discover that they have a great deal to learn about each other — and no small amount to overcome in their minds — if they are to find happiness together. Pride and Prejudice was produced as a five hour mini-series by the BBC and was first shown in the U.S. on the A&E cable network.

 


The Age of Innocence 1993

In Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Edith Wharton’s 1920 novel, romance between an upper-class gentleman and an ostracized lady is doomed by 19th century New York society. Shortly after his engagement to blandly genteel May Welland (Winona Ryder), Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is reacquainted with May’s scandalous cousin Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer). As the head of an esteemed family, Archer initially uses his standing to try to rehabilitate Ellen’s reputation, but he finds himself increasingly drawn to her disregard for the codes of New York manners.Bound by ingrained society mores and his peers’ insinuations, Newland tries to dodge his growing passion by rushing his marriage to May, but he cannot keep himself from confessing his love to Ellen. Recognizing that Newland could never abandon his sense of honor and be happy, Ellen pushes Newland to May and leaves town. The marriage proceeds as dictated, but when Newland unexpectedly sees Ellen again, he yearns for the affair to come to fruition. However, he underestimates not only what May knows but also her ability to uphold the rules of propriety. Sumptuously shot by Michael Ballhaus, the film offers meticulously designed costumes and settings that evoke a culture as seductively beautiful in its surfaces as it is stifling in its rituals. Unspoken emotions are expressed through such details as yellow roses or a clipped cigar, a fade to red or a single camera move. Using Wharton’s original prose to comment on the setting’s hypocrisies, Joanne Woodward’s voiceover narration suggests how much decisive power is buried beneath dainty femininity. The Age of Innocence received five Oscar nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Ryder and Best Screenplay for Scorsese and Jay Cocks, and a win for Best Costumes Synopsis by Lucia Bozzola

The Great Gatsby 1974

 

This third film version of F. SCOTT FITZGERALD’s classic 1925 novel was one of the most hyped movies of the summer of 1974. Robert Redford stars as self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby, who uses his vast (and implicitly ill-gotten) fortune to buy his way into Long Island society. Most of all, Gatsby wants to win back the love of socialite Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow), now married to “old money” Tom Buchanan (Bruce Dern). Calmly observing the passing parade is Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston), Gatsby’s best friend, who narrates the film. Francis Ford Coppola’s screenplay is meticulously faithful to the original novel, but Theoni V. Aldredge’s costume design and Nelson Riddle’s nostalgic musical score won the film its only Oscars. The huge supporting cast includes Howard da Silva, who played Wilson in the 1949 Great Gatsby, and a very young Patsy Kensit as Daisy’s daughter.

Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Of all the adaptation, I felt this one had the most feeling to it. You could feel his love and heartbreak for her.

Gatsby 2013 with Leonardo DiCaprio
The Great Gatsby 2000 with Toby Stephens

 

Jane Eyre 2006

Jane Eyre 2006 BBC with Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson

After a wretched childhood, orphaned Jane Eyre yearns for new experiences. She accepts a governess position at Thornfield Hall, where she tutors a lively French girl named Adele. She soon finds herself falling in love with the brooding master of the house – the passionate Mr. Rochester. Jane gradually wins his heart, but they must overcome the dark secrets of the past before they can find happiness. When Jane saves Rochester from an eerie

fire, she begins to suspect that there are many mysteries behind the walls of Thornfield Hall. Her fears are confirmed when Rochester’s secret past is revealed, destroying her chance for happiness, and forcing Jane to flee Thornfield. Penniless and hungry, she finds shelter and friendship in the shape of a kind clergyman and his family. But she is soon shocked to uncover the deeply hidden truth of her own past. This lavish and sensual new version of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel is modern and moody, timeless and romantic. Starring Toby Stephens as Mr. Rochester, Ruth Wilson as Jane, and Francesca Annis as Lady Ingram.

Other Adaptations

A Promise 2013

French filmmaker Patrice Leconte (Felix and Lola, The Suicide Shop) makes his English-language debut with this period romance adapted from Stefan Zweig’s Journey into the Past, and centering on the affair between a handsome male secretary and the wife of a wealthy industrialist. Frederic Zeitz (Richard Madden) is a man whose strong work ethic is only exceeded by his formidable intelligence, which makes him the ideal candidate to work as an administrative assistant for prominent steel-factory owner Karl Hoffmeister (Alan Rickman). Before long, sparks are flying between Frederic and Hoffmeister’s younger wife Lotte (Rebecca Hall), and the young secretary is invited to move in with his boss’ family while tutoring his employer’s young son Otto (Toby Murray). Meanwhile, passions between the young pair begin burning out of control, leaving both to ponder an uncertain future as the powers of fate begin to push them apart.

TROY: Fall of a City

STARTING NEXT WEEK ON BBC!  Saturday, Feb. 17th
What better way to warm yourself up a bit during cold winter nights than with some scantily clad Greek warriors and princesses, starting next Saturday, February 17th, when British BBC will start airing TROY: FALL OF A CITY, eight episode brand new epic television series!

TROY: FALL OF A CITY an epic tale of mortals and gods, has a psychologically rich and sweeping narrative which goes back to the story’s origins: to the judgement of Paris, his scandalous love affair with Helen, and the ill-starred prophecy surrounding his birth. Told from the perspective of the Trojan royal family at the heart of the siege, TROY: FALL OF A CITY is a rich story of love, intrigue, betrayal and belonging. Combining thrilling adventure with heart-breaking intimacy, it conveys the big themes of human existence and identity; of people battling to retain their sense of humanity and compassion amid the devastation and destruction of war.

David Threlfall is King Priam of Troy
Tom Weston Jones is the heroic and tragic prince Hector of Troy
Bella Dayne is flimsy Helen of Troy whose adultery starts the war

THE CAST OF THE 8 PART DRAMA
The eight part saga, which will also air on Netflix after the run in UK,  will see Louis Hunter and Bella Dayne as Paris and Helen, the two lovers whose passionate affair plunges Greece and Troy into war, threatening to bring both empires to their knees. David Threlfall plays Paris’ father, King Priam of  Troy, alongside Frances O’Connor as Hecuba, Queen of Troy, and Tom Weston-Jones  as their eldest son brave Hector. They are joined by a cast ncluding Joseph Mawle as Odysseus the king of Ithaca, Chloe Pirrie as Hector’s wife Andromache, Johnny Harris as Agamemnon the king of Mycenae who attacks Troy with his brother Menalaus, David Gyasi as Achilles (yes, for some reason he will be black and so will be his lover Patroklus and also the almighty Zeus indeed), and Jonas Armstrong as Menelaus, the King of Sparta whose marriage to Helen is destroyed when Paris arrives in his city. Further casting includes Alfred Enoch as the Trojan general Aeneas the cousin of King Priam, David Avery as Xanthius, and Aimee-Ffion Edwards as Priam and Hecuba’s daughter, prophetess princess Cassandra.
Louis Hunter and Bella Dayne are two epic brats Paris and Helen
Robin Hood’s Jonas Armstrong is King of Sparta Menelaus
Johnny Harris is Menelaus’ brother Agamemnon, king of Mycenae

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Tom Weston Jones is the brave and heroic prince of Troy Hector
For some reason BBC thinks Achilles was black, played by David Gyasi
Australian actor Louis Hunter is the bratty prince of Troy Paris
Priam first want to marry Paris to Spartan princess Hermione (right)

Check out the trailer below: