In the first season of National Geographic anthology series GENIUS last year Geoffrey Rush played Einstein, and this year the second season will focus on Pablo Picasso with a whole new set of actors in addition to some of the characters that appeared in both of their lives! Today you can enjoy the posters with Antonio Banderas and the rest of the cast.
The series starts April 24th worldwide
GENIUS: PICASO Set to air April 24th later this year on National Geographic, the new period set television series will see its ten episodes exploring how the famous Andalusian artist’s passionate nature and relentless creative drive were inextricably linked to his personal life, which included tumultuous marriages, numerous affairs and constantly shifting political and personal alliances. Picasso produced around 50,000 artworks during his life.
The cast is led by Antonio Banderas and Alex Rich who play the painter in his older and younger years. You will also watch Clémence Poésy (asFrench painter and author Francoise Gilot, who had two children with him), Robert Sheehan (as Carlos Casagemas, a poet, Picasso’s closest friend), Poppy Delevingne (as Picasso’s lover and muse Marie Thérèse Walter, the mother of his first daughter Maya), Aisling Franciosi (as Fernande Olivier, a French artist and model who Picasso painted more than 60 portraits of) and Sebastian Roché (as Francoise’s tyrannical father)! Some of the stars fromthe first season will return to the cast like, for example, Samantha Colleywho will again play Dora Maar! Seth Gabel is also in the cast. Check out the beautiful new trailer below:
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
‘Something for the man cave’: rich pickings as Russell Crowe’s divorce auction nets $3.7m
Actor marks erstwhile wedding anniversary and 54th birthday by selling off movie memorabilia, Australian art, 28 watches and something from the Cretaceous period
“Perhaps be slightly wary of using your paddle as a fan this evening,” cautions Sotheby’s Australia auctioneer Martin Gallon.
The illustrious auction house has taken over the Elston Room in Redfern’s Carriageworks to preside over The Art of Divorce, Russell Crowe’s bizarre and well-publicised auction to finance the dissolution of his marriage to Danielle Spencer.
On a hot and muggy Sydney Saturday evening, the auction staff somehow keep themselves from sweating through their tuxedos, but the climate is not the only thing that doesn’t quite match the host’s unflappable primness. As tables of immaculately dressed assistants to the seriously rich prepare to take phone and internet bids, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts hits warble through the room’s speakers.
“I’d put it in the driveway”, he deadpans. “Take it down to Roads and Maritime, get it registered.”
Things kick off with a series of collectibles from Crowe’s movies. Lot 1, a shirt and other items from the 1991 movie Proof, sells for an internet bid of $650. Things escalate quickly. The next item, the brown Doc Marten boots from 1992 film Romper Stomper, net $10,000. The buyer? National Museum of Australia, which also hands over $2,000 for Crowe’s costume from 1993 movie The Silver Brumby.
But the first big-ticket item up for grabs is the famous Gladiator breastplate. Starting at $20,000, the asking price doubles in seconds. Triples. Quadruples. “Someone’s keen!” Gallon enthuses.
Eventually the bidding tops out at $125,000, sparking a small squall of Gladiator fever. The breastplate’s matching wrist cuffs go for $32,000. The wooden sword gets $20,000. The metal one, $70,000. Owen, in black jeans and a crisp blue formal shirt, takes the chariot home for $65,000. “Something for the man cave,” he grins.
His impeccable Oxbridge accent echoing off the stained factory walls, Gallon is delightfully chipper, as only someone who gets paid to coax rich people out of their money could be. When the first full-size, unsettlingly lifelike Gladiator prop horse comes up on screen behind him, Gallon does a double-take. “Look at that! Something for everyone!”
From nowhere, a woman takes the stage and begins to sing Happy Birthday. Besides being his erstwhile wedding anniversary, Crowe has scheduled The Art of Divorce on his own 54th birthday, perhaps to gift himself an almighty pile of money. A mildly befuddled audience joins in the “hip hip hoorays” at her urgings, which seem odd on behalf of someone who is not here.
Only, he is. Bearded and beaming, Crowe bounces onstage to talk up Lot 31, an 1890 Milanese violin crafted by master luthier Leandro Bisiach Sr and used in the 2003 drama Master and Commander. “This is just a suggestion,” Crowe says, but the buyer “might want to lend it to a young musician so it carries on and starts to play in the concert halls around the world”. Gesturing to a woman in a cocktail dress below him, he suggests: “This young lady, standing right here, may be the young musician that you may want to give the violin to.”
Bridget O’Donnell, a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, takes the stage to play two pieces from Master and Commander, accompanied on the cello by Hanna Oblikov. As you would hope from a violin that ends up going for $135,000, it sounds pretty bloody nice.
Besides the Gladiator paraphernalia, many of Crowe’s movie costumes are in high demand. His Royal Navy dress blues from Master and Commander goes for $115,000. The blue sleeveless vest he wore as Javert in Les Miserables fetches $12,000. The primeval leather jockstrap from Cinderella Man was expected to go for between $500 and $600, but a handful of disquietingly eager phone bidders push it up to $7,000.
As the crowd thins down to the serious bidders, things begin to get truly baroque. The mosasaur skull Russell picked up from Leonardo DiCaprio via the late Cretaceous period, fetches $65,000. A 17th century Flemish tapestry the size of a billboard goes for $24,000, presumably to adorn someone’s private aircraft hangar. A pair of 18th century duelling pistols go for $26,000 and a bronze warship cannon sells straight after for $20,000.
But it’s Crowe’s stunning collection of Australian artwork that fetches the highest prices. The aficionados checking out the Sydney Biennale at the other end of the complex would have nosebleeds if they realised what they were missing out on. The first artwork to go under the hammer, the exquisite still life Bush Flowers by Margaret Olley, takes $70,000. Sidney Nolan’s Abundance does one better, fetching $100,000. Brett Whiteley’s Moreton Bay Fig and Palms goes for $190,000; Charles Blackman’s The Suitor for $360,000. The selling prices don’t include the 22% tax Sotheby’s places on each item.
The night ends, more than five hours after it started, with a brisk trade in jewellery and no fewer than 28 watches. The mysterious potentates on the other end of the phone bids go berserk. As the bids creep north of $10,000, solemn-looking men in the audience duel with their paddles. An Armani watch that doesn’t work sells for $1,100. A Rolex that does nets $40,000.
In a late-night Tweet after everyone’s gone home, Crowe tallies up his winnings. “$3.7m at the coal face and around $350k of conversations ongoing,” he says. “Not a bad hourly rate for a 5 hour shift.”
ITV has announced that Endeavour will be returning for a season six with production set to be getting underway later this year.
The new run of the Inspector Morse prequel hasn’t yet got an air date yet but judging by previous season premieres it looks likely to be airing next year.Season five of Endeavour started on February 2018 and the follow up will probably be hitting screens at a similar time in 2019.The fifth run was the longest in the crime drama’s history with six two-hour long films and it looks like season six could follow suits with a similar number of episodes.
Shaun Evans will be reprising his role as a young version of Inspector Endeavour Morse – a role made famous by John Thaw.Joining him will be star of The Missing and Game of Thrones Roger Allam as Morse’s partner DI Fred Thursday.Endeavour creator Russell Lewis will be back on writing duties on the new films and has penned a total of 23 scripts for the ITV show so far.Lewis previously served as a contributor to parent series Inspector Morse and consulted with author Colin Dexter while working on Endeavour.Dexter, who created the iconic character of Inspector Morse, sadly passed away in March last 2017.Once again Endeavour season six will be filmed on location in Oxford and in the surrounding area.
ITV Shaun Evans and Roger Allam in ITV drama Endeavour
ITV Shaun Evans as Inspector Morse in ITV drama Endeavour
What will happen in Endeavour season 6?
Endeavour season six will be set in 1969 and see the detectives tackling another set of cases in the Swinging Sixties.
Once again, historical events will be woven into the murders that Morse and Thursday find themselves investigating.
“As our story reaches the last year of the 1960s, and mankind makes its giant leap, all at #TeamEndeavour look forward to exploring further early chapters in the casebook of Colin Dexter’s beloved creation,” Lewis teased of the forthcoming run.
The show was initially a one-off film in 2012 to mark the 25th anniversary of Inspector Morse, however, it proved to be so popular among audiences that it was commissioned as a fully-fledged series by ITV.
Shaun Evans and Roger Allam in ITV drama Endeavour