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

 

 

 

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.

The Woman in White 2018

  ‘THE WOMAN IN WHITE’
NEW BBC SERIES WITH BEN HARDY AND JESSIE BUCKLEY
BBC has revealed 1st photos from their five part TV adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ THE WOMAN IN WHITE! We’re waiting for the first trailer!
  IN THE WOMAN IN WHITE
Walter Hartright (Ben Hardy), a young drawing master, encounters a ghostly woman dressed all in white on Hampstead Heath. He offers her assistance, but is later shocked to discover she has escaped from a lunatic asylum. The next day, Walter leaves London to take up a teaching post in the village, working for Mr Frederick Fairlie (Charles Dance), where he learns of a connection between his charming pupils, Laura Fairlie (Olivia Vinall) and Marian Halcombe (Jessie Buckley), and the mysterious woman in white: she’s known to the household as Anne Catherick, a mentally handicapped child who grew up in the village. Over the next few months, Walter and Laura Fairlie fall deeply in love, however she is already promised in marriage to a baronet – Sir Percival Glyde (Dougray Scott).
When Laura receives a vicious letter attacking Sir Percival, Walter thinks Anne, who has recently returned to the village, might be responsible. He confronts her, only to uncover a chilling truth about Laura’s betrothed – that it was he who put Anne in the asylum.
I reckon the series might air in two weeks

The series is based on the popular novel by Wilkie Collins
Olivia Vinall and Jessie Buckley play the female leads in the series
Ben Hardy takes the lead for the first time in a BBC series

Beecham House 2019

NEW 19TH CENTURY EPIC SERIES
The shooting starts this year for 2019 airing

Beside A Suitable Boy and Black Narcissus at BBC (whose Ordeal By Innocence has been just set for Easter Sunday), it seems we are getting a new India set series at ITV too after their Indian Summer saga.

Viceroy’s House‘sGurinder Chadha will helm the six part 19th century saga BEECHAM HOUSEabout a handsome and soulful former soldier, John Beecham, who has acquired the Delhi house to start a new life for his family and a business as a trader. Wealthy and distinguished, John has witnessed profiteering and exploitation during his time with the controlling East India Company and appears haunted by his past. Determined to escape that life, he sets his sights on becoming an honourable member of the region’s trading community. But in the glorious setting of BEECHAM HOUSE, John’s life remains shrouded in mystery. His arrival provokes gossip amongst the servants and despite filling his residence with relatives and friends, Beecham’s house still has dark corners that crackle with conspiracy and sinister intent. The story also unfolds at a time when the 1,000 year old Mughal rule is over and the British vie with the Maharajas to claim India as their own.

The Gilded Age 2019

Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey follow-up, The Gilded Age, to arrive in 2019

Set in 1880s New York, the 10-part drama will look at the clash between new money and old. For Fellowes, it is ‘the fulfillment of a personal dream’

Julian Fellowes
 Julian Fellowes Photograph: Tom Keller

Julian Fellowes’ long-awaited follow-up to Downton Abbey, The Gilded Age, will come to TV screens in 2019, after the US network NBC confirmed it has commissioned a 10-part series.

The show has been in development with the channel since 2012, but on Wednesday it was revealed we will see the period drama, set in the US in the 1880s, next year.

It will be set in New York and will focus on families who are having to evolve as an influx of new money comes into the city. “To write The Gilded Age is the fulfillment of a personal dream,” Fellowes said.

“I have been fascinated by this period of American history for many years, and now NBC has given me the chance to bring it to a modern audience. I could not be more excited and thrilled.

“The truth is, America is a wonderful country with a rich and varied history, and nothing could give me more pleasure than to be the person to bring that compelling history to the screen.”

The Terror – Meet the Characters (AMC tv Series)

The Terror starts March 26th Monday

Although winter is slowly giving up, your trusted spy predicts frost and ice later this month when wintery new mini-series THE TERROR starts overtly at AMC on March 26th! You can feast your eyes today on the first character photos and atmospheric posters from the 19th-century epic thriller featuring a rather stellar cast lead by some of our favorite men from period set project Ciaran Hinds, Tobias Menzies, Matthew McNulty, Adam NagaitisLiam Garrigan, Edward Ashley, Ronan Raftery. They all play the crew of the ship HMS Terror which was

The series is based on the best selling novel by Dan Simmons

found actually last year under the sea. The series is based on the 2007 best selling novel of the same name by Dan Simmons! The anthology series will describe some other terror in the following seasons.

The Terror will have ten hour-long episodes

 

THE STORY OF THE TERROR
is set in 1847. A crew of a Royal Naval expedition is sent to find the Arctic’s treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the

David Kajganich is the showrunner of the mini-series

unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, THE TERROR highlights all that can go wrong

Nive Nielsen plays the lead female character of Lady Silence

when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements but with each other. Meet the main characters below:

 

CAPTAIN FRANCIS CROZIER
Played by Jarred Harris, Captain of the HMS Terror and second in command of the expedition, Francis Crozier is a peerless sailor who has reached his glass ceiling in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy.

SIR JOHN FRANKLIN
Played by Ciaran Hinds, Captain of HMS Erebus and commander of the expedition, Sir John Franklin is an experienced leader with a blemished record in the Royal Navy.

 

CAPTAIN JAMES FITZJAMES
Played by Tobias Menzies, James Fitzjames is a rising star in the British Royal Navy and has secured John Franklin’s confidence in spite of his never having sailed in the polar regions before.

 

DOCTOR HENRY GOODSIR
Played by Paul Ready, the most junior of the expedition’s four doctors, Henry Goodsir is a gentle, moral soul who is of the first to realize something supernatural is at play.

 

CORNELIUS HICKEY
Played by Adam Nagaitis, Cornelius Hickey is a young petty officer whose rank on the ships should keep him invisible to the officers. But Hickey is not quite what he seems.

 

THOMAS BLANKY
Played by Ian Hart, Ice Master of Terror and longtime friend of FrancisCrozier, Thomas Blanky has the experience to be a captain but prefers the thrill and challenge of battling the constant puzzle of the Arctic ice.

 

 

The Aspern Papers 2018

WITH JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS AND  JOELY RICHARDSON

First poster and a photo from THE ASPERN PAPERS in which  Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays an ambitious editor  who tries to obtain romance letters a romantic poet sent to his mistress. Jon Kortajarena joins Joely Richardson and her mother Vanessa Redgrave in the big screen adaptation of Henry James novel!

The 19th century movie follows Morton Vint (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a young writer and publisher fascinated by iconic romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern,  who strives to get his hands on the letters Aspern wrote to his beautiful mistress Juliana Bordereau. Now, decades later, Juliana (Vanessa Redgrave) lives in a Venetian palazzo with her niece (Joely Richardson), whom she dominates and whom Morton tries to seduce.
c. Edwardian
1888 Henry James Novella
Call Me By My Name’s James Ivory is producing

 

The movie has been offered for international sales this month in Berlin