Blessed Virgin – 17th Century

DRAMA CASTS LAMBERT WILSON AND CHARLOTTE RAMPLING
We’ve had quite a few lesbiefriendly projects announced this week, and here’s another one and it is period set too! ‘Deadline’ reports that Charlotte Rampling and Lambert Wilson have joined young actresses Virginie Efira and Daphne Patakiain 17th century erotic thriller BLESSED VIRGIN.
Lambert Wilson will lead the male part of the cast
To be directed by famous Paul Verhoeven, it will see gorgeousVirginie Efiraplaying Benedetta Carlini, a novice nun capable of performing miracles, who joins an Italian convent in the late 17th century, as plague is ravaging the land.  While at the convent she begins a love affair with another woman. Steamy and scandalous and delightfully sinful :) The story is, apparently, based on historical facts about the abbess Carlini.

 

Release date appears to be in France in 2019

Virginie Efira and Charlotte Rampling will star in Blessed Virgin

Hallelujah

 RALPH FIENNES

IS HANDEL IN ‘HALLELUJAH’

In another period set movie, Ralph Fiennesand director Chris Addison will work together on comedy drama HALLELUJAH a period set movie on famous composer George Frederick Handel and the chaotic, spectacular first performance of his Messiah.
Set in a riotous 18th century London and Dublin, the farce follows drunk and cantankerous Handel who is a forgotten man to all but his whip smart valet. Worse still, he has lost his inspiration to compose. However, when he overhears the singing of famous actress Susannah Cibber, the composer is moved to write once again and King George II tasks him to create an oratorio to celebrate the new Irish Viceroy in Dublin. Yet, when Handel approaches Susannah with the news, he is shocked to learn that not only does she have a fear of singing in public, she’s also on the run from her vengeful husband. The motley crew travels to Dublin only to realize that London’s gin-soaked alleys are no match for the competing, sectarian politics of Dublin’s choirs, the stupidity of English overlords, and the hypocritical morals of the day. Confronted with these odds, Handel has no choice but to defy his critics and keep going. Show must go on.
Fiennes will be famous composer Handel

 

 

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”.

The Miniaturist – starts tonight Dec 26th on the Beeb

BBC’S ‘THE MINIATURIST’
1ST PERIOD SET DRAMA CLIP

The characters from BBC’s new three episode period set drama

THE MINIATURIST which will air next Tuesday and Wednesday, December 26th and 27th in UK in their holiday programme. You can also check out two clips below!

 BASED ON JESSIE BURTON BOOK

Set in 1686, it follows 18 year old Nella Oortman (Anya Taylor Joy) who knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam.

Full of hopes and dreams, she has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of wealthy merchant, Johannes (Alex Hassell) Brandt. But instead of Johannes, she’s met by his cold sister Marin (Romola Garai) and quickly realises that nothing is as it seems in the Brandt household. When Johannes finally appears he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a doll’s house replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror what is happening within the house in unexpected ways and seem to be predicting and unravelling the future with unsettling accuracy. You can also check out the two, rather cheap looking, clips from the mini series below.

Anya Taylor Joy is Nella Oortman
  
Alex Hassell is Johannes in the series
Romola Garai and Anya Taylor Joy
The series will air first two days after Christmas on BBC

The Miniaturist BBC

1ST PERIOD SET DRAMA PHOTOS

Meanwhile, Sky’s rival BBC has unveiled first photos presenting the characters from their new three episode period set drama THE

MINIATURIST which will, start airing in two weeks when Howards End finishes!

 BASED ON JESSIE BURTON BOOK
Set in 1686, it follows 18 year old Nella Oortman (Anya Taylor Joy) who knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam.

Anya Taylor Joy is Nella Oortman

Full of hopes and dreams, she has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of wealthy merchant, Johannes (Alex Hassell) Brandt. But instead

Alex Hassell is Johannes in the series

of Johannes, she’s met by his cold sister Marin (Romola Garai) and quickly realises that nothing is as it seems in the Brandt household. When Johannes

Romola Garai and Anya Taylor Joy

finally appears he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a doll’s house replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist,

The series will probably start airing in December

whose tiny creations mirror what is happening within the house in unexpected ways and seem to be predicting and unravelling the future with unsettling accuracy.

‘GUNPOWDER’ Epic Mini Series – November 5th BBC

  ‘GUNPOWDER’ EPIC MINI SERIES
BBC RELEASES FIRST TRAILER AND PHOTOS WITH KIT HARINGTON

Something positively delicious this Monday! BBC has released first images and a promo teaser for their upcoming new epic mini series GUNPOWDER which should air sometime this Autumn (twould be fun if it starts on the 5th of November!)! Kit Harington plays famous rebel Robert Catesby who, back in 1605 tried to blow up the king and the parliament. Guy Fawkes, another famous rebel, is played by Tom Cullen, with Liv Tyler also in the cast.  Kit Harington has revealed that he is actually related to Catesby

BLOW UP THE KING AND ALL HIS MEN TO HELL
The three part historical drama follows the story of the Gunpowder Plot, the 1605 attempt by a group of provincial English Catholics to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I in order to help restore

The series will have a Saturday evening airing slot

a Catholic to the throne. Although to this day people mostly associate the famous Gunpowder Plot with Guy Fawkes, the mastermind was nobleman Robert Catesby, a 30 year old committed Catholic at a time when Protestant England persecuted the church’s members

Liv Tyler plays Catesby’s cousin who is worried about the success of the plot

relentlessly. He himself lost both his father and wife and is forced to raise his little himself on his own. That is when he starts recruiting help for his plot among family and supporters. Liv Tyler plays his cousin Anne Vaux, who gets caught up in the plot. The cast also includes Peter

Guy Fawkes is still celebrated with bonfires every November 5th!

Mullan, Edward Holcroft, Shaun Dooley, Robert Emms, Derek Riddell and Mark Gatiss as Robert Cecil, the chief of the king’s spies whose network of informants pursued the plotters in a game of cat and mouse.

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‘THE KING’S DAUGHTER’

‘THE KING’S DAUGHTER’ 
THE FIRST POSTER IS HERE!
 THE KING’S DAUGHTER (previously known as The Moon and The Sun), fantasy adventure movie which still does not have a release date nor a trailer, but it has a stellar cast including Pierce Brosnan as King Louis XIV, Benjamin Walker, William Hurt, Ben Lloyd Hughes, Kaya Scodelario, Rachel Griffiths and Fan Bingbing.

THE KING’S DAUGHTER, in which a massive ball scene was shot in Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors (it was done at night when tourists aren’t there), depicts King Louis XIV’s quest for immortality that leads him to capture and steal a mermaid’s life force,

Some of the scenes were shot in actual Versailles at night

a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s discovery of the creature. Scodelario and Benjamin Walker met at the shooting of this movie and later on got married. Chinese star Fan Bingbing plays the mermaid.

No Trailer as yet.

Release projected USA 2017

Formerly thought to be named :The Moon and the Sun

Courtesy: HollywoodSpy